Zelenskyy will speak at the General Assembly on September 21 – what to expect, what is known

Zelenskyy will speak at the General Assembly on September 21 – what to expect, what is known
Zelenskyy will speak at the General Assembly on September 21 – what to expect, what is known

An exception for Zelenskyi

The UN General Assembly allowed the president of Ukraine to speak at the high-level week remotely, instead of in person.

Volodymyr Zelenskyi will address the session participants with a pre-recorded statement. His name is included in the list of speakers of the 7th plenary meeting, which starts on September 21 at 3:00 p.m. (10:00 p.m. Kyiv time).

Making an exception for Zelenskyi, the Assembly took into account the circumstances due to which the heads of the UN member states cannot attend the session in person – “due to the continuing foreign invasion, aggression, military actions that do not allow them to safely leave their countries and return to them, or due to the need to perform their duties and functions in the field of national defense and security”.

The majority of delegations voted for this decision. 19 countries abstained, and 7 were against, including Russia.

What to expect from the president’s speech

The head of Ukraine promised that “important signals” from our country will be heard at the General Assembly.

In his address, the president can talk about a tribunal for Russians, a mechanism for compensating Ukraine for damages from Russian aggression, the need to recognize the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Thus, in a recent interview with Reuters, Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that several resolutions should be adopted at the UN General Assembly. At the same time, two points are most important:

  • find the right solution and support the resolution regarding the mechanism of reimbursing money to Ukraine from the aggressor country at the expense of its assets;
  • adopt a resolution on the creation of a special tribunal for persons who have committed crimes in Ukraine.

The President also noted that the issue of recognizing Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism should be discussed separately in the United States at the UN level.

In addition to his address at the UN General Assembly, Volodymyr Zelenskyi will also attend an online meeting with partners and investors from the USA.

His participation in the summit on food security is also planned. “This is a fundamentally important element of global security, and Ukraine has something to say,” the president announced.

Ukraine at the General Assembly

The Ukrainian delegation went to the high-level week of the UN General Assembly led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba.

Among the tasks of the delegation are strengthening the international coalition in support of Ukraine, bringing the Russian Federation to international responsibility for its crimes, intensifying relations with the countries of the Global South.

Within the framework of the 77th session of the Assembly, a number of important events and meetings with the participation of Ukrainian representatives are planned. On September 22, a meeting of the UN Security Council will be held, which will consider the situation in Ukraine in connection with the ongoing full-scale aggression of Russia.


The article is in Ukrainian

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