UN / UKRAINE WEAPONS SUPPLY

17-Aug-2023 00:02:39
The United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu expressed concern about “reports related to the transfer and use of cluster munitions” to Ukraine. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 17 AUGUST 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

17 AUGUST 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs:
“Reports related to the transfer and use of cluster munitions are very concerning. The Spokesperson of the Secretary-General has called for these types of munitions to be consigned to history and not to be used. The influx of weapons and ammunition into any armed conflict can contribute to the escalation and presents significant risks of diversion and proliferation even after the conflict has ended. Measures to address the risk of diversion of weapons and ammunition to unauthorized end-users and for unauthorized uses are essential for preventing further instability and insecurity in Ukraine, the region and beyond.”
5. Med shot, Nakamitsu addressing Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs:
“I call on States to consider joining relevant treaties and agreements, and to fully implement their legal obligations under conventional arms control instruments to which they are party, as well as their political commitments, to minimize the risk of diversion of arms and ammunition.”
7. Med shot, Ukraine Ambassador
7. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Dmitry Polyansky, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“The only result of the Ukrainian counter offensive - which even the West admits - is tens of thousands of dead Ukrainian soldiers and hundreds of units of destroyed expensive Western equipment. And that equipment, as the entire world has seen, is not only not unique and invulnerable to Russian weapons, but in many cases even worse than 30-year-old Soviet produced equipment.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Serhii Dvornyk, Counsellor, Political Section, Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Ukraine:
“For my nation, this is an existential battle for survival. It was Russia's choice to attack. And it's our response to defend ourselves in strict accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter. We will persevere in our fight until every Ukrainian citizen and every parcel of our sovereign land are liberated and Russia faces a military defeat in Ukraine. All weapons, whether produced by Ukraine, or received from our allies, serve these goals, to survive, and to stop their dictatorship, infected with insane imperial sentiments.”
10. Wide shot, Council
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The United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, today (17 Aug) expressed concern about “reports related to the transfer and use of cluster munitions” to Ukraine.

Addressing a Security Council meeting called by the Russian Federation on the transfer of weapons to Ukraine, Nakamitsu said, “the influx of weapons and ammunition into any armed conflict can contribute to the escalation and presents significant risks of diversion and proliferation even after the conflict has ended.”

She said, “measures to address the risk of diversion of weapons and ammunition to unauthorized end-users and for unauthorized uses are essential for preventing further instability and insecurity in Ukraine, the region and beyond.”

The Under-Secretary-General called on States “to consider joining relevant treaties and agreements, and to fully implement their legal obligations under conventional arms control instruments to which they are party, as well as their political commitments, to minimize the risk of diversion of arms and ammunition.”

Russian Ambassador Dmitry Polyansky told the Council that “the only result of the Ukrainian counter offensive - which even the West admits - is tens of thousands of dead Ukrainian soldiers and hundreds of units of destroyed expensive Western equipment.”

This equipment, Polyansky said, “is not only not unique and invulnerable to Russian weapons, but in many cases even worse than 30-year-old Soviet produced equipment.”

Ukraine’s representative Serhii Dvornyk, for his part said for Ukraine this was “an existential battle for survival.”

Dvornyk said, “it was Russia's choice to attack. And it's our response to defend ourselves in strict accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter. We will persevere in our fight until every Ukrainian citizen and every parcel of our sovereign land are liberated and Russia faces a military defeat in Ukraine.”

All weapons, he said, “whether produced by Ukraine, or received from our allies, serve these goals, to survive, and to stop their dictatorship, infected with insane imperial sentiments.”
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