Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 September, 2023 at 11:28 pm by Andre Camilleri
“We cannot have peace if the strong impinge on the weak.” These were the words of Prime Minister Robert Abela during his address to the United Nations Security Council during a discussion on peace and security in Ukraine.
The Prime Minister stated that today’s crises can only be overcome if states work together and cooperate effectively.
“We must promote shared values at a time when they are undermined and threatened. We must protect them and take action when these same values are under threat,” added the Prime Minister as he said that conflicts are increasing.
“Democracy and human rights are under a systematic attack. Inequality is on the increase. Disinformation and misinformation are adding further to this tension,” the Prime Minister said, and it is thus in the face of these shared challenges, that no country can work alone.
When addressing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Prime Minister spoke of the effects on the Ukrainian people and stated that the war is also a threat to the security council itself; “Every war has devastating effects. And this war is no exception.” Here, the Prime Minister talked about other effects of the war, including food security and the rising prices of important and necessary items.
The Prime Minister reiterated Malta’s commitment to peace, dialogue and multilateralism, and called on Russian military forces to leave Ukraine.