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Mr. President,

At the outset, I would like to thank the Secretary-General and Under-Secretary-General for their remarks.

This is the fourth meeting of the Security Council on Ukraine in less than a month. In light of the recent and alarming tensions, my country’s position has been to call for de-escalation and efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis.

In this context, we would like to point out the following:

First, we affirm the importance of engaging in dialogue in good faith, while intensifying diplomatic efforts at all levels to support the opportunities of peace on the basis of international law. We reiterate the Minsk agreements still constitute a good basis for reaching a peaceful solution to the crisis and maintaining regional and international security and stability.

Second, we stress the importance of adherence to the principles of international law and the Charter of the United Nations, particularly in settling international disputes through peaceful means, and respecting the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity of states. Adherence to these principles and compliance with the Charter of the United Nations constitute a central pillar in finding a sustainable and peaceful solution to the current crisis.

Third, we reiterate that the crisis in eastern Ukraine could exacerbate the critical conditions of the civilians. Furthermore, there are obstacles to the delivery of humanitarian assistance to some of those in need, even before the recent tensions arise, particularly in areas near the contact line in eastern Ukraine. Any further escalation could worsen the humanitarian situation for a larger number of civilians. We therefore emphasize the importance of de-escalation and ceasefire. In this regard, we urge all parties not to obstruct the access to humanitarian aid or the movement of civilians in conflict areas, in accordance with their obligations under international law.

Finally, Mr. President, the UAE reiterates the importance of de-escalation, constructive dialogue and to continue efforts to reach peaceful solutions consistent with international law and the Charter of the United Nations.

Thank you.