Dmytro Kuleba condemned terrorism and violent extremism as one of the core challenges to international peace and development. The Ukrainian Foreign Minister drew the participants’ attention to Ukraine’s experience at the virtual II Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of Terrorism Victims, which took place as a part of the general debate during the UN General Assembly’s 75th session. The country has been opposing the armed aggression and terrorist methods of the Russian Federation in Donbas and Crimea for almost seven years.
“The world community should not turn a blind eye to attempts of a UN Security Council’s permanent member to silence human rights defenders, public activists and journalists in the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas under the guise of counter-terrorism measures,” he said.
Dmytro Kuleba stressed the importance of consolidating international efforts to ensure respect for the rights of terrorism victims and provide them with appropriate support, assistance and rehabilitation. “The prosecution of all terrorist activities’ organizers, mentors and sponsors remains equally important,” the minister said.