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Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia at the Security Council Debate on Silencing Guns in Africa

Mr. Minister,

We are glad to welcome you in the Chair of the Security Council. Welcome to New-York.

We thank the presidency of Equatorial Guinea for convening this meeting on the topic the importance of which can hardly be overestimated for the UN Security Council.

We thank the speakers for the information and assessments they have shared.

Mr. President,

Agenda 2063 that was endorsed 6 years ago, enshrines that by that time there will be peace on the continent. It is encouraging that African leaders went beyond this noble but long-term goal and committed to do their best in order to stop armed conflicts in Africa by 2020. However, there is a tangle of problems that hinder the implementation of this ambitious goal and account for lasting instability on the continent. Equatorial Guinea initiated a resolution, that was adopted, and that focuses on many of these problems.

We believe during this debate it will be appropriate to focus on the efforts the Africans make to solve the challenges in the area of peace and security and ways for international community to assist African countries.

African profile accounts for the major part of the SC agenda, however in the recent year there has been significant progress in the settlement of several crises. Crucial peace agreements have been reached in South Sudan and Central African Republic. Thanks to courageous steps of the leaders of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, the situation at the Horn of Africa has improved. Several countries of the continent, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria ran generally peaceful and democratic elections.

At the same time, the situation in many regions of Africa remains precarious. We are particularly concerned about hotbeds of tension in Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, CAR, Somalia, East of DRC, areas of the Lake Chad basin. In this regard, we welcome the joint action of “G5 Sahel” as well as Multinational Joint Task Force to counter “Boko Haram” formation.

There is a need to further consolidate the efforts to curb the increasing terrorist threat in Africa. Terrorists return to African countries from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistam. After the West intervened in Libya in 2011, the country has become a safe haven for terrorists of all sorts who increasingly often use Libya as a foothold for their activity. We support the endeavor of the African Union to keep a higher “profile” in Libyan settlement, i.a. by co-organizing (together with the UN) a conference on reconciliation in Libya.

We take notice of operativeness of African Standby Forces in building African Peace and Security Architecture. The African Union has fostered its effort to prevent conflicts. i.a. with the help of sub-regional organizations and “good offices” of prominent African leaders. We highly commend the contribution of African Union High Representative for Silencing the Guns in Africa R.Lamamra. We hope that African Union Center for Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development that has been founded recently will operate in a productive manner.

Mr. President,

We believe that the international community should provide adequate assistance to achieve cessation of conflicts in Africa. This support should firmly base on the UN Charter and respectof principle of non-interference in the affairs of sovereign states. This is the Africans who should play the major role in settlement of crises in line with the principle “African solution for African problems.”

We emphasize that Russia helps to ensure security and stability in Africa only with consent of national governments, in line with the regional and continent-wide peace initiatives. In order to facilitate the establishment of crisis-settlement forces of African states, we will set forth our bilateral programs to train their military and law enforcement officers and to provide educational opportunities for African peacekeepers at Russian specialized facilities.

We welcome the shared commitment of the UN Secretariat and the African Union Commission to step up cooperation between the organizations in the area of peace and security, i.a. by holding annual highest segment conferences and increasing the number of joint missions in conflict zones.

The Security Council pays much attention to the initiative of Africa to ensure sustainable financing of peacekeeping operations under AU auspices. We believe this attention is well-deserved. We see that African leaders allocate financing to the African Union Peace Fund, which proves their commitment to maintain the budgets of African peacekeeping missions.

Stability for Africa depends on how social and economic challenges of the continent are resolved. The most urgent issues require to foster development by enhancing industrial production, build modern infrastructure, create jobs, including jobs for the youth. There is a need to mitigate the negative impact of the problems related to refugees, IDPs, uncontrolled migration, hunger, poverty and epidemics.

This produces a demand for increased efficiency of the state governance and highly qualified personnel in various areas. That is why Russia will contribute to training African personnel by providing scholarships and opportunities to be educated at Russian facilities. We will continue training Africans in the areas of medicine, education, hi-tech, transportation, geology, and others.

Thank you.


25.07.2020 - "Concerning the sensational report on Russia". Article from News Agency "RIA Novosti", 23 July 2020

The report was prepared before last year’s general election, but its publication was long delayed by the ruling Conservatives, and opponents of Boris Johnson accused him of doing it specifically to downplay the Russian threat and prevent his party from losing credibility. Now, however, the report, written in part by well-known retired MI-5 employee Christopher Style (creator of the file on Trump’s “Russian contacts”), has been published. The British press has been disappointed: there is no proof of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum (although they cannot understand how the British voted to leave the EU when most of the political elite, almost all of the press and the City were against it), although there are rumours of attempts to influence the Scottish independence referendum. This, however, is London’s point of view; from Moscow’s perspective, the report is sensational, because its authors’ conclusions are the best evidence that the British powers-that-be are prepared to work in the Kremlin’s interests. Style and Browder (another co-author of the report) do not in fact understand this, but this is the skill of the so-called KGB heirs’ game. But let’s start at the beginning.

16.07.2020 - The Human Rights Situation in Ukraine - Report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

The human rights situation in Ukraine continues to degrade. The Kyiv authorities adopt legislative acts contrary to the rules of national law and international obligations. Human rights activists document systemic violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms. Referring to the need to combat the so-called Russian aggression and separatism, political opponents, independent journalists, media outlets, and undesirable members of public organizations are being prosecuted. The rights of internally displaced persons, the Russian-speaking population, and representatives of national minorities are limited. The clergy and parishioners of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church are being prosecuted. The right to liberty and security of person is not respected. In Ukraine, there are numerous facts of illegal detention, torture, intimidation, ill-treatment, sexual violence, including to obtain confessions or compel cooperation.

16.07.2020 - Embassy comment concerning today’s unfriendly statements by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab

The Embassy has noted the statements by the UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab concerning unspecified “Russian actors” who have “almost certainly” sought to interfere in 2019 UK General Election through “online amplification” of sensitive documents relating to the UK-US Free Trade Agreement, as well as the alleged responsibility of “Russian Intelligence Services” for cyber attacks aimed at stealing research information on coronavirus vaccine development.

06.07.2020 - Embassy comment on the UK announcement of sanctions over the Magnitsky case

The decision by the British Government to impose sanctions against a number of Russian officials invoking the death of Sergei Magnitsky in 2009 reflects the self-declared status of the UK as the global leader in sanctions policy. All questions regarding the circumstances of Mr Magnitsky’s death have been answered long ago. Today’s decision was quite obviously conceived merely as a public move.

29.06.2020 - Embassy press officer’s reply to a media question on British media reports on Russian “collusion” with the Taliban in Afghanistan

Question: How would you comment on the recent reports in British media that Russia supposedly offered “bounty” to the Taliban to kill UK as well as US soldiers in Afghanistan?

16.05.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin's letter to Financial Times

Dear Editor, I feel compelled to express disagreement with the Financial Times coverage of Russia’s efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Judging by your reports, Russia’s response has been to manipulate with figures at home and to spread disinformation abroad, with the government acting inefficiently and doctors having inadequate protection. This distorted picture requires a refutation. Even by most pessimistic accounts, Russia’s performance in terms of healthcare system capacity and death rate is among the best of all major countries.

15.05.2020 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin's letter to The Times

Sir, Roger Boyes is wondering why Russian industrialists (he calls them ‘oligarchs’) are helping to fight Covid-19. Are they suddenly ‘embracing philanthropy’, or ‘cleaning up their nasty image’, or else seeking to impose a ‘new compact’ on the ‘floundering’ government?

11.05.2020 - Statement by the Foreign Ministry concerning US attempts to rewrite the history of the Victory over Nazism

Attempts to distort the results of the defeat of Nazism and the decisive contribution our country made, which are continuing in Washington even during these days of universal celebration of the 75th anniversary of Victory, cause utter indignation.

08.05.2020 - Telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Great Britain Boris Johnson. The President of Russia and the Prime Minister of Great Britain exchanged greetings on the 75th anniversary of Victory over Nazism, which became one of the greatest events of the 20th century and an example of unprecedented cooperation between the countries of the anti-Hitler coalition. Vladimir Putin noted in part that Russia remembers the exploits of the British sailors, participants in the Arctic convoys, owing to which the Soviet army and industry received arms and equipment needed during the war.

07.05.2020 - Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Dominic Raab

On May 6, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Dominic Raab at the latter's initiative. The two officials exchanged greetings in connection with the upcoming 75th anniversary of the victory in WWII. They noted the contribution of the members of the anti-Hitler coalition in the fight against Nazism, and emphasised the importance of using the alliance's experience in mobilising the international community's efforts to counteract today's global challenges. Particular attention was paid to discussing the efforts being taken to tackle the spread of the novel coronavirus infection and to overcome its effects.

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