Press releases

February 21, 2017
Maintenance of international peace and security: Conflicts in Europe

On February 21, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN gave an intervention during the Security Council Open Debate dedicated to the theme of the “Maintenance of international peace and security: Conflicts in Europe.”

In its statement, the Holy See expressed its solidarity with all peoples affected by conflicts and aggression, reiterated the need to prioritize the preservation of human life, and called States to refrain from actions that debstabilize neighboring countries. With regard to the conflict in the Ukraine, the Holy See expressed its grave concern and said all necessary steps should be taken to enforce the cease-fire, implement agreed upon measures, respect international law with regard to Ukraine’s territory and borders, and find a political solution through dialogue and negotiation. It committed itself to offer direct humanitarian assistance to the affected population.

The statement can be found here.