Today, for the first time, the Security Council spoke with one voice for peace in Ukraine. @antonioguterres welcomes this support and will continue to spare no effort to save lives, reduce suffering and find the path of peace: https://t.co/LLHeGusG4M
— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) May 6, 2022
He was referring to the presidential statement on Ukraine released minutes earlier by the Security Council.
“The Security Council expresses deep concern regarding the maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine,” said the Council President for the month of May, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield of the United States, on behalf of the Ambassadors.
“The Security Council recalls that all Member States have undertaken, under the Charter of the United Nations, the obligation to settle their international disputes by peaceful means,” the communication continued.
It went on to express “strong support” for the Secretary-General’s efforts to find a peaceful solution.
“The Security Council requests the Secretary-General to brief the Security Council in due course after the adoption of the present statement,” concluded the statement.
The adopted text was drafted by Norway and Mexico.
How we got here
Since Russia launched what it called a “special military operation” on 24 April, a draft Security Council resolution that would have deplored Moscow’s invasion was never adopted.
However, shortly thereafter, the 193-member General Assembly did adopt two non-binding resolutions, deploring Russia’s “aggression against Ukraine.”
It also condemned Russia for creating a “dire” humanitarian situation and demanded that its troops “immediately, completely and unconditionally” withdraw and that there be aid access and civilian protection.