Emergency meeting of the Security Council on the situation in Ukraine
The first meeting of the Security Council under the Presidency of Luxembourg took place today. This was an emergency meeting given the rapidly deteriorating situation in Ukraine. The Security Council held a public meeting followed by consultations. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson made a briefing, which was followed by a statement of the Permanent Representative of Ukraine, Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev. The Permanent Representatives of the Russian Federation, the United States, the United Kingdom and France also made statements in the public meeting.
At the end of the consultations, the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Luxembourg Sylvie Lucas presented to the media the main elements coming out of the discussion. Members of the Council expressed grave concern about the rapidly deteriorating situation. They stressed the need for an urgent de-escalation of the situation and reiterated their call on all parties to exercice maximum restraint and to refrain from actions and rhetorics which might exacerbate the situation. Members of the Council also stressed the importance of respecting the unity, territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of Ukraine. The importance of urgent international mediation efforts was also stressed. Members of the Council recalled the need for an inclusive political dialogue acknowledging the diversity of the Ukrainian society and taking into account the aspirations of all Ukrainians and the need to respect the rights of all Ukrainians.