Duda: UN principles on inviolability of borders violated in Ukraine and Georgia

Duda: UN principles on inviolability of borders violated in Ukraine and Georgia

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Poland has called on the international community not to recognize the accomplished facts resulting from armed aggression in Ukraine and Georgia, Polish President Andrzej Duda has said. 

He said in his speech at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 19 that the fundamental principles of the UN Charter, including the principle of inviolability of borders and respect for sovereignty, had been violated. 

"Poland is urging the international community not to recognize the accomplished facts which result from such a policy [by Russia]. Poland also wishes to contribute to the building of international order founded on the principles of political sovereignty and territorial integrity," Duda said.

He said that over the past ten years in Georgia and three years in Ukraine the world had witnessed obvious violation of the fundamental principles of the UN, in particular, "the principle of inviolability of borders, respect of sovereignty, renouncing the use of military force in resolution of disputes."

"In our view, absolute respect of international law lays down the foundation for a stable, foreseeable and peaceful setting of relations amongst states, and through it, the assurance of sustainable growth," Duda said.

He stressed that Poland, as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2018-2019, would strive to make sure that all disputes and conflicts should be resolved in line with the fundamental principle of "peaceful resolution."

"We accede to the Security Council with the values which are particularly important to my nation.First and foremost, they include our strongest attachment to the right to sovereignty and freedom, inalienably vested in each nation. We accede to the Security Council with the conviction that international law is the only effective mechanism to preserve peaceful relations among nations. Freedom is synonymous with peace. Enslavement is a source of war," he said.

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