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Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly
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Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Lipavský warned about the escalating Russian aggression at the UN Week in New York. He expressed support for Ukraine and emphasized the need to investigate and punish Russian war crimes by the International Criminal Court. At the same time, he called for the creation of a special international tribunal to investigate the Russian crime of aggression against Ukraine. The Czech delegation was led by Lipavský from the 19th to 22th of September at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly High-Level, where he delivered the national speech. He also spoke at the UN Security Council as the first Czech foreign minister in almost 30 years. At the UN, he also emphasized the need to defend human rights, ensure peace, protect the environment, and support young people.

In his speech at the UNGA, Minister Lipavský condemned the Russian colonial war against Ukraine. "Russia’s unjustifiable, unprovoked and illegal war of aggression against Ukraine does not only blatantly violate the UN Charter. It badly damages global economy and food security of many countries gathered in this hall. It seriously threatens the rules-based international order. It harms all UN member states," said the Czech foreign minister. He also drew attention to human rights violations in countries such as China, Afghanistan, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, Ethiopia, and Myanmar.

He subsequently became the first Czech foreign minister after almost 30 years to speak at the UN Security Council, where he described Russian aggression as the most dangerous threat of today. "Czechia fully supports sovereignty, unity and independence of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. We will never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the upcoming sham referenda in parts of the Ukrainian territory," said Minister Lipavský.

The head of Czech diplomacy also took part in the informal meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers. The topics discussed were mainly military aid to Ukraine and the strengthening of sanctions against Russia.

At the informal meeting of ministers on the International Criminal Court, the Czech foreign minister emphasized the need to investigate Russian war crimes and crimes against humanity. At the same time, he called for the creation of a special international tribunal that would investigate the crime of aggression committed by Russia against Ukraine.

At the Education Transformation Summit, foreign ministers emphasized the need to ensure inclusive and high-quality education. The Czech foreign minister also participated in the Information and Democracy Summit, which should support freedom of expression and access to free information.

On the second day of the summit, a meeting of the “Bucharest Nine” or B9 NATO countries took place with the First Deputy Secretary of State of the United States of America, Wendy Sherman. The officials confirmed the need to strengthen NATO's eastern flank and the Alliance's strategic approach to Russia.

On the sidelines of the UN meeting, the Czech minister met with counterparts from Japan and Korea, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and representatives of Jewish organizations in the USA. During his foreign visit, Lipavský also met with Czech companies operating in the United States to support the expatriate community in order to deepen the potential of economic cooperation.

During the UN General Assembly, the head of Czech diplomacy took part in two accompanying events organized by US President Joe Biden and Foreign Minister Antony Blinken. They discussed the war in Ukraine, steps against Russia, and China's moves against Taiwan.

Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský called for steps against Russia at the UN General Assembly

 

 

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