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Statement by Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Tajani at UNGA78 Security Council meeting “Upholding the purposes and principles of the UN Charter through effective multilateralism”


Thank you Mr. President.

The position of the Government of Italy led by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on the Russian aggression on Ukraine is clear and very well known.
We stand with Ukraine, an invaded people fighting to defend their freedom and sovereignty.
We all suffer the consequences of this war that like a domino affected our societies: energy crisis, rising commodity prices, inflation, refugees.
An increasing migration pressure from Africa, particularly on Italy, exacerbated by the food crisis caused by Russia’s blockade of grain.
The international community has not surrendered to these difficulties, in spite of the fatigue of our public opinions.
We want a just peace for Ukraine. Just peace means freedom for Ukraine.
President Zelensky and the Ukrainian people know that Italy is with them and will be with them. For them, but for Italy itself.
We must protect two essential principles of the United Nations Charter: sovereignty and territorial integrity, well reflected also in the position of the G7 and in the recent final declaration of the G20 leaders in New Delhi.
We must admit that something has not worked. We thought that international peace and security were taken for granted.
Security Council has been blocked for decades. The position of the Italian Government is very clear. We need a Security Council that is more fair, representative and inclusive.
More representative means for us to give more chances to sit in the Council to Africa, Asia, Latin America and insular states, without however creating new hierarchies and privileges.

Apoyamos sinceramente la Fórmula de Paz de 10 puntos del Presidente Zelensky.
En particular, quiero destacar tres prioridades del Gobierno Italiano.
Primero. Estamos muy preocupados por la situación de seguridad de la central nuclear de Zaporizhzhia.
Debemos seguir apoyando los esfuerzos del director de la agencia nuclear del OIEA, Grossi. El riesgo es otro Chernobyl.

Deuxièmement, l’Italie condamne avec fermeté la décision de la Russie de mettre fin à l’Initiative céréalière de la mer Noire.Cette décision met en danger la vie de millions de personnes en Afrique, accroît l’insécurité alimentaire et contraint des centaines de milliers de personnes à quitter leurs terres, tombant ainsi aux mains des marchands de la mort qui vendent leur vie lors du voyage désespéré vers la Méditerranée.
L’Italie, qui a accueilli en juillet le Sommet sur les systèmes alimentaires, salue les efforts du Président Erdogan et du Secrétaire Général Guterres pour relancer l’Initiative céréalière de la mer Noire. Vous avez tout notre soutien.
Troisièmement. La situation humanitaire. Nous soutenons l’ initiative du Vatican visant à l’échange de prisonniers et à permettre aux jeunes enfants ukrainiens de retrouver leur famille.

The reconstruction of Ukraine will be one of the top priorities of the Italian Presidency of the G7 next year.
Russian aggression to Ukraine has reached religious sites. More than 120 religious sites, according to UNESCO, have been damaged.
After the bombing of the cathedral in Odessa, we launched an Italian project for the reconstruction.
Odessa was designed by Italian architects. Italy will be at the forefront of its reconstruction.
It is a project of social and spiritual renaissance, you can count on Italy.
Italy will always fight for peace and ready to do its part. Everywhere.
Just yesterday, we offered to the foreign Minister of Baku and of Yerevan the city of Rome for a meeting with Armenia and Azerbaijan to discuss the situation in Nagorno Karabach.
You can count on Italy. You can count on the Italian government. Thank you.

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