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Estonia’s Foreign Minister Addresses Crimes Against Humanity At The UN Security Council

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Foreign Minister Kaljurand: no country in the UN Security Council should have the right to veto action against crimes against humanity

 

 

2 October 2015

Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said yesterday at the UN Security Council meeting in New York focusing on limiting the use of the veto, that all countries have a role to play in changing the behaviour of the UN Security Council in responding to crimes against humanity. Voluntary renunciation of the right of veto would give a clear message that perpetrators of crimes against humanity will be prosecuted.

The activity of the UN Security Council’s working methods pressure group ACT, has resulted in a code of conduct governing the exercise of the right of veto for voting in the Security Council in the case of crimes against humanity. “Its adoption would give a clear message, that impunity will not be tolerated and would also help to prevent potential crimes in the future,” Kaljurand said.

Nearly 60 members of the UN have expressed their support for the regulatory code of conduct for the Security Council vote, prepared by the ACT Group. The Foreign Minister added that the 70th anniversary of the UN is an appropriate moment to bring real change to peace and security.

According to Foreign Minister Kaljurand, the Security Council has a crucial role to play in the prevention, halting and investigating of crimes against humanity, if countries are not able to do so on their own. “The current use of a rigid veto by permanent members of the UN Security Council puts obstacles on substantive activities and does not allow for finding solutions to conflicts, or dealing with investigating crimes against humanity,” she said.

The side event was organized by the UN Security Council’s pressure group on working methods ACT (Accountability, Coherence, Transparency Group), where Estonia is also one of the key members.

Yesterday, Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand participated in a meeting of the Community of Democracies (CoD) Steering Committee in New York, which was chaired by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

CoD is a movement founded on the initiative of the United States, which unites countries dedicated to the promotion of democratic principles throughout the world. Since January of this year, Estonia is a member of the CoD Steering Committee.

On September 30, Foreign Minister Kaljurand also participated in a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the European Union and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, which focused on the situation in Syria and issues regarding Russia.

The upcoming NATO summit in Ukraine was also discussed.

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