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Statement by the Republic of Cyprus at the UN Security Council Open Debate on “Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict”

 

United Nations, 25 May 2022amb-protection-of-civilians

 

Madam President,

My delegation aligns with the EU statement and wishes to make some additional remarks.

We note the small reduction in civilian casualties, reported by the Secretary-General in his latest report. Still the immense scale of suffering of the millions of civilians who have to survive in dire conditions, notwithstanding the clear obligations of states under international law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure in armed conflict, remains alarming. The on-going war in Ukraine is a demonstration of the tragic repercussions of conflict on civilians.

In addition to upholding the prohibition of the use of force and ensuring a ceasefire, the Council must use all other tools at its disposal to protect civilians. In that regard, my delegation wishes to highlight the following areas of concern

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