How did the UN General Assembly go – harassment from Zelensky – video

Speakers from the rostrum of the main world organization for several days criticized both their neighbors and the UN itself.

The high-level week of the UN General Assembly, which ended on Monday, showed that the coronavirus pandemic and other key events of the last year not only did not add unity to the world, but also increased the level of conflict on the planet. Correspondent.net talks about the main thing of the past session.

Zelensky’s “passionate” speech

As part of his participation in the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held a series of diplomatic negotiations at the highest and highest levels.

He met with UN Secretary General António Guterres, European Commission Head Ursula von der Läen and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Turkish President Recep Erdogan, Microsoft CEO Brad Smith and others.

The main point of his stay in New York was the speech of the President of Ukraine to the members of the UN General Assembly, in which he criticized the organization. Zelensky began with the words “It’s time to wake up!” He called for a fundamental reform of the UN.

“We want to revive the UN. First, we need to update the charter. These are not recommendations that can be carried out at will. You will not find words there: every man for himself,” the Ukrainian president stressed.

To revive the UN, he, in particular, proposed holding meetings near “hot spots”.

“Today, the UN is like a retired superhero who has forgotten what he can do,” Zelenskiy said, urging the organization to remember its achievements and strengthen interaction.

He also called on the UN to respond to the distribution of Russian passports in regions of Ukraine not controlled by Kiev, as well as to the participation of Crimeans and residents of the self-proclaimed “LPNR” in the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

“What is it, if not proof of an international crime? What is it, if not proof of impunity and disregard for international law? If the UN does not react to this effectively, then what is it, if not proof that it is too late to revive the UN?” – said the President of Ukraine.

He also called on all UN countries, including Russia, to join the Crimean platform.

“This is not irony or trolling, but this format is always open for Russia. Since no one in the world feels safe and cannot hide behind international law, like behind a stone wall,” representatives did not participate in the Crimean Platform in August.

The head of the President’s Office, Andriy Yermak, said Zelensky’s speech was one of the most anticipated and had a powerful effect.

“There was a lot of attention. We received a lot of messages and calls: from the US State Department and the White House, from European partners, with very warm words of support and impressions of the president’s speech. This had a very powerful effect,” Yermak said on September 27 on the air of the TV channel ICTV.

Earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba explained why the rhetoric of the Ukrainian authorities at the current session of the UN General Assembly has become tougher.

According to him, the current level of global challenges does not leave time for delay, does not leave the right to be soft and does not leave the opportunity to “sit out” aside.

“It is convenient to fight against climate change, because they will not give“ back. ”But for a clear position on Crimea, you need to have the courage to challenge a very specific permanent member of the UN Security Council,” he explained.

Note that after Zelensky’s speech at the US State Department, he noted the passion of his speech.

“Zelenskiy delivered an impassioned address at the UN General Assembly. We agree that real commitment to UN principles means responding to the Russian occupation of Crimea and the forced voting of Ukrainian citizens in elections to the Russian State Duma,” the message on Twitter said.

Biden announced a new era

Joe Biden spoke for the first time at a session of the UN General Assembly as President of the United States. Many called his speech the highlight of the session. Biden talked about the coronavirus pandemic, cold and hot war, nuclear deal with Iran, climate change.

According to him, the world is at a fork in the road, and it is necessary to look to the future, preparing for a new era – the era of persistent diplomacy, since it alone is capable of responding to the challenges of the future.

He pledged that military force would be the last tool his country would resort to, an alternative to engaging with allies on the ground. Details about Biden’s speech in the material Crucial moment.

Erdogan put pressure on Putin with Crimea

At the UN General Assembly, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in his speech that Ankara stands for the preservation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

“We attach great importance to the protection of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, including the territory of Crimea, the annexation of which we do not recognize,” Erdogan said.

On the sidelines of the General Assembly, Erdogan met with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. At the meeting, the Ukrainian leader thanked him for his “firm position on non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.”

But Moscow was disappointed by the words of Erdogan on the eve of his visit to Russia, which is to take place on September 29. Experts say that in this way Ankara wants to put pressure on Moscow. About this in detail in the material. Erdogan makes Russia angry with Crimea.

Russian mercenaries instead of France

The topic of Russian mercenaries in Africa has come out of the shadows. This issue was openly discussed in New York during the session of the UN General Assembly.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed that the Mali authorities have turned to a Russian private military company for security assistance. Western media have been writing about this with reference to sources for a couple of weeks.

According to Lavrov, this topic was very worried about the European partners with whom he met in New York.

For his part, Mali Prime Minister Shogel Kokalla Maiga said from the UN rostrum that Bamako is looking for new partners to fill the “void”, which will inevitably arise after the completion of France’s anti-terrorist operation Barkhan.

In 2013, France launched a military campaign in Mali against the Tuareg rebels and Islamic terrorist groups in northern Mali. In August 2014, it was extended to Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Chad.

In August 2020 and in May of this year, military coups took place in Mali. About this in detail in the material. The second coup in a year: why the Mali junta is dissatisfied… After these events, France announced that it was ending the operation.

End of the Kora war

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, speaking at the UN General Assembly, proposed to proclaim the end of the Korean War. He noted that China and the United States can and should help this.

However, later, Deputy Foreign Minister of North Korea Lee Tae Sun replied that it was too early to announce the end of the conflict. He noted that the declaration of the end of the war “is not legally binding” and “in a moment will be just a piece of paper.”

Boreas Johnson

Climate change was one of the main topics of the summit, but British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke about them more than others.

He revealed that he even wanted to change his name in honor of the god of the north wind in Greek mythology, and become Boreas Johnson to support renewable energy.

“We have built huge forests from wind turbines in the North Sea between Britain and the Netherlands,” – said the British prime minister.

His speech dedicated to the problems of ecology and the fight against climate change, he built in a comic style, and even remembered the character of the Muppets show Kermit the frog.

“When Kermit the frog sang that being green is not easy, – I will say that he was wrong. It is easy, and pleasant, and right,” Johnson said.

In conclusion, he warned that if urgent measures are not taken, then “we will make this beautiful planet virtually uninhabitable – not only for us, but for many other species as well.”

Hybrid war of Belarus

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, speaking at the General Assembly, said that the hybrid attack undertaken by the Belarusian authorities using illegal migrants from Asian and African countries has become a threat to international security.

“We must do everything we can to ensure that people are not used as a tool for a hybrid attack,” said Nauseda, urging the international community to respond to this challenge in solidarity.

Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei, speaking at the session, in turn said that Minsk “has remained a target of militant pressure from the collective West for more than a year.”

“And this is only because Belarus did not manage to implement the scenario of the next color revolution timed to perfection in Belarus, timed to coincide with the presidential elections. Today, a large-scale hybrid war has been unleashed against Belarus in all directions,” Makei said.

He noted that today “the Belarusian people are united in choosing a strategic course towards building a strong, sovereign and prosperous state.”

Who else criticized whom

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev accused Armenia of unwillingness to sign a peace treaty, and the international community criticized the use of the phrase Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, in turn, drew attention to the fact that “units of the armed forces of Azerbaijan invaded the sovereign territory of Armenia on May 12,” and also called not to recognize the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh “due to the use of force as legitimate.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the current structure of the UN Security Council, whose members “gather and rule the world as they want.” But he himself was accused of “striving for confrontation”, “unacceptable threats of the use of force” and the desire to turn Cyprus into a protectorate of Mr. Erdogan were criticized by Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

The chairman of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), Mahmoud Abbas, also spoke about “colonial-driven expansion”, referring to Israel. The Jewish state also suffered from Lebanese President Michel Aoun for plans to start drilling on the disputed area of ​​the sea shelf.

K-pop as a messenger for youth

South Korean K-pop group BTS acted as ambassadors for the next generation of the UN General Assembly. South Korean President Moon Jae In has appointed BTS musicians as Special Representatives for Future Generations and Culture.

BTS’s soloists have focused on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the future of youth and climate change.

The band also filmed the music video for the song Permission to Dance in an empty General Assembly hall. According to the group’s lead singer Kim Nam Jun, today’s youth are called “the lost generation of COVID”, but the point is that the path they follow is “not visible to adult eyes.”

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