21:27 Sep. 19, 2016
Ukrainian President held a speech at the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly
"We have no right to turn a blind eye on Russian bombardment of civilian facilities in Syrian Aleppo or in Ukrainian Donbas," Petro Poroshenko said today in New York. This was one of the issues, discussed at the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly addressing large movements of refugees and migrants.
"Humanity is tested with unprecedented waves of refugee and migrant crises. However, all our efforts will be in vain, unless the very origins – foreign aggression and violation of international law – are addressed," Ukrainian President stressed in his speech on the meeting.
Poroshenko pointed out that the foreign aggression and state-sponsored terrorism were the enemies of humanity in many parts of the world.
"Russian armed aggression forced about 1.8 million Ukrainians to seek a new home within the country, placing Ukraine in top ten countries of displacement," he said.
The President emphasized and noted the necessity bringing a state that violates international law and fundamental freedoms forcing civilians to leave their homes to justice.
"We need such an international mechanism of responsibility as soon as possible together with an international binding framework to protect the rights of internally displaced people," Poroshenko stressed.
The President thanked all governments and humanitarian partners for supporting Ukraine in such a difficult time. However, he noted that Ukraine "cannot continue in responding mode".
"We need a lasting solution by ending Russian aggression against Ukraine," he said.
As UT reported, Petro Poroshenko started his visit to the US yesterday. Previously he was planning to meet with Obama, Clinton, and maybe Trump.