President Cyril Ramaphosa also said the war in Ukraine revealed the inability of the UN Security Council to maintain international peace and security.
President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the 022 Heads of Mission Conference in Tshwane on April 7, 2022. Photo: @PresidencyZA/Twitter
JOHANNESBURG – President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the fundamental responsibility of the global community is to ensure that human suffering in Ukraine ends and that a lasting and just peace is achieved.
Ramaphosa was speaking at the South African heads of mission conference on Thursday ahead of the United Nations vote on Russia, where he also said the war in Ukraine denounced the inability of the UN Security Council to maintain international peace and security.
Thursday evening, the UN General Assembly votes to suspend Russia from UN Human Rights Council on what he described as gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights.
In his earlier speech, Ramaphosa also said that the entire UN peace and security architecture needed to be overhauled.
“Decision-making must be democratized so that the council can be true to its mandate and overcome the paralysis caused by a few member states,” the president said.
If South Africa has always maintained that it was for mediation and a peaceful solution to the conflict, Pretoria has always avoided taking sides.
Ramaphosa said powerful countries should no longer be allowed to ignore international law, adding that unilateral actions by some countries shape global politics through aggression and other coercive measures such as the imposition of sanctions.
“We have encouraged our international partners to consider confidence-building measures that will bring the parties together rather than adopting measures that will further alienate the parties and lead to the escalation of armed conflict,” Ramaphosa said.
The responsibility of the world is to end human suffering in Ukraine
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