Malaysia regrets UNSC inability to preserve peace

by AZREEN HANI / pic credit: kln.gov.my

MALAYSIA regrets the inability of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in exercising its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.

Permanent Representative to the UN Datuk Syed Mohamad Hasrin Aidid (picture) said all parties must abide and respect the principle of sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states, as enshrined in the UN Charter and international law.

“We understand the legitimate security concerns of all parties. Nevertheless, in any circumstances, all parties must abide and respect the principle of sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states,” he said at the 11th Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly on March 1.

“Any violation of this sacrosanct principle is unacceptable.”

At the same time, he said Malaysia is deeply concerned about reports on nuclear arsenals being put on high alert status.

“We call on all nuclear weapon states to adhere to their joint statement of Jan 3, 2022, on preventing nuclear war and avoiding arms races,” he said further.

“At this critical juncture, we call on all parties to exercise restraint, take concrete steps to de-escalate and pursue dialogue to resolve the conflict peacefully.”

Malaysia also urges nuclear weapon states to pursue action towards de-alerting, risk reduction and to implement their commitments and obligations related to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

Malaysia will vote in favour of the assembly’s draft resolution of disapproving Russia’s invasion in Ukraine and demanding the withdrawal of its troops.

Russia launched a special military movement in Ukraine on Feb 24. AFP reported as of yesterday, the Russian army said it had taken control of the Black Sea port of Kherson in southern Ukraine.

Syed Mohamad Hasrin said he welcomes the direct talks between Ukraine and Russia in Belarus on Feb 28.

“We hope that the talks will continue and bring about a speedy resolution to the conflict to prevent further loss of lives and devastation.”

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah said all concerned parties should urgently take steps to de-escalate the situation and prevent further loss of lives and devastation.

“We call on all parties to respect the basic principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as international humanitarian and human rights laws.

“Malaysia has experienced first-hand the brutality of the conflict in Ukraine with the downing of flight MH17 in 2014, resulting in the tragic loss of innocent lives,” he said in a video posting on his Twitter account.

“We do not wish to see further victims caught in the unfortunate conflict, especially civilians and vulnerable groups,” he said further.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was travelling over conflict-hit Ukraine on July 17, 2014, with 283 passengers, including 80 children, and 15 crew members on board.

A 15-month investigation by the Dutch Safety Board revealed in October 2015 that the plane crashed after being hit by a Russian-made Buk missile over eastern Ukraine.