Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Remarks by US Ambassador Samantha Power to the United Nations Security Council meeting

Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations speaks at a Security Council meeting at the United Nations in New York March 3, 2014.

The following is a transcript of remarks made March 3 by U.S. Ambassador Samantha Powers, Amercia's permanent representative to the United Nations, regarding Russia's invasion of Ukraine during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. 
Thank you Madam President. Listening to the representative of Russia, one might think that Moscow had just become the rapid response arm of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. So many of the assertions made this afternoon by the Russian Federation are without basis in reality. Let’s begin with a clear and candid assessment of the facts. It is a fact that Russian military forces have taken over Ukrainian border posts. It is a fact that Russia has taken over the ferry terminal in Kerch. It is a fact that Russian ships are moving in and around Sevastapol. It is a fact that Russian forces are blocking mobile telephone services in some areas. It is a fact that Russia has surrounded or taken over practically all Ukrainian military facilities in Crimea. It is a fact that today Russian jets entered Ukrainian airspace. It is also a fact that independent journalists continue to report that there is no evidence of violence against Russian or pro-Russian communities. Russian military action is not a human rights protection mission. It is a violation of international law and a violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the independent nation of Ukraine, and a breach of Russia’s Helsinki Commitments and its UN obligations.
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