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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.


19.07.2019 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the Foreign Ministry's demarche to the US Embassy in Russia

On July 18, Tim Richardson, a minister-counselor of the US embassy in Russia, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry of Russia to receive a strong protest in connection with US media and officials’ statements alleging that Russia denied visas to teachers at the Anglo-American School in Moscow. It was stressed that the statements are absolutely untrue and that, in reality, the situation is the opposite.

18.07.2019 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the German newspaper Rheinische Post, published on July 18, 2019

Questions: Germans would like to have better relations with Russia. What could Russia do towards this? Sergey Lavrov: I can assure you that Russians are interested in developing multifaceted cooperation with Germany as well, the more so that your country is one of Russia’s major partners in Europe.

18.07.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning the recent statements of UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Russia

Q: How would you comment on the statements made by UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Russia during her speech at the Royal Institute of International Affairs on 17 July? A.: We would like to say the following regarding Mrs May’s recent statements concerning our country.

17.07.2019 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on five years since MH17 crash

Five years ago, on July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines ‘Boeing’, a civilian aircraft operating flight МН17 from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur, crashed in eastern Ukraine. All 298 people on board died. Unfortunately, this tragedy became a tool in a dirty political game. Within only hours, if not minutes, after the crash, as if prompted by someone, media and then Western political leaders launched a salvo of accusations against Russia for the killing of innocent people.

10.07.2019 - Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question regarding the Russian delegation to the Global Conference on Media Freedom not given visas

Question: How would you comment on UK’s decision not to issue a visa to the Russian delegate who intended to participate in the Global Conference on Media Freedom? Answer: It is well-known that visas for official travel have become one of the problems of the current Russia-UK relations. But even in these conditions not issuing a visa to a representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry travelling to participate in the conference looks really weird. The UK side itself invited the Russian side to participate in the conference, accredited the Russian delegate, but then refused to issue him a visa, thus sabotaging the visit.

09.07.2019 - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova's answer to a media question on the refusal of the British authorities to accredit Russian news agencies at an international conference in London

Question: What could you say about the refusal of the British authorities to accredit the Russian news agencies RT and Sputnik at the Global Conference for Media Freedom? Maria Zakharova: One gets the impression that having announced an event with a flashy title, London decided to show the whole world an example of manipulating public opinion. Judge for yourself. One of the main declared goals of this forum is to unite diplomatic efforts to protect media freedom and discuss violations of the rights of media workers. So what do we have in reality?

06.07.2019 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on the seizure of the Panama-flagged tanker by Gibraltar authorities

We condemn the seizure of the super tanker sailing under the Panama flag on July 4, conducted by the Gibraltar authorities aided by Great Britain’s Royal Marine Commando unit. We view the seizure of the vessel and its cargo as a deliberate action aimed at aggravating the situation around Iran and Syria. Laudatory comments by top US and British officials immediately after the operation confirm this conclusion and prove that the action had been long in the making with the involvement of respective services and agencies of several countries.

05.07.2019 - Embassy Press Release on RT channel’s accreditation to the Global Conference for Media Freedom

As we have learned, British organisers of the Global Conference for Media Freedom, due to take place in London on 10-11 July, have refused to accredit journalists from the RT channel. The reason given was that the quota of journalists invited to the Conference had already been reached – and that despite the fact that RT had sent the request several weeks ago and has long been trying, unsuccessfully, to get a meaningful reply.

04.07.2019 - Embassy comment on the situation concerning the Salisbury incident with Russian nationals Sergei and Yulia Skripal

16 months have passed since the mysterious incident in Salisbury. The British side continuously ignores multiple appeals by Russia to clear up the circumstances surrounding the incident, provide transparency of the investigation, allow access to the affected Russian citizens and launch substantive cooperation to establish, what and how happened in Salisbury in reality. As before, more than 80 Notes Verbales sent to the Foreign Office and the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation for legal assistance over Russia’s own criminal case have been left unanswered. At the same time the British authorities continue to take an aggressive stance towards Russia, while claiming to have irrefutable evidence that our country was behind the incident. However, the British side does not bother to present the “evidence” either to Russia, or to their own allies, or to the public.

04.07.2019 - Embassy press officer’s comment regarding access to Crimea for international monitors

On 3 July Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced that during general debate in the UN Human Rights Council the British delegation called on Russia “to grant international human rights monitors access to illegally annexed Crimea”. Leaving aside the issue of “illegal annexation” (Russia’s stance on this subject is well-known), we would like to stress that the Republic of Crimea is open for visits of all international delegations and any foreign guests in general, on equal terms with all the other regions of our country. The FCO statement is therefore confusing. We consider it as yet another example of abuse of human rights issues by our British colleagues.

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