On August 31, 2020 Deputy Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations Ms. Elene Agladze delivered the remarks on the Report of the Security Council for 2019.
Ms. Agladze stated that the annual account of the work of the Security Council should be comprehensive, accessible and transparent to allow wider membership to adequately reflect on the work that the Council conducts on behalf of the UN Member States and its implications on maintenance of international peace and security. Representative of Georgia called upon the Council to explore ways on how to enrich the report with more analytical content so that it provides more depth and substance on key obstacles facing the Council with regard to each of the country specific situations, as well as broader security challenges it addresses.
Ms. Agladze emphasized the need to address security and humanitarian challenges in Georgia following the occupation of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia. According to the DPR of Georgia, given the grave human rights violations and ongoing militarization in these occupied regions, it is of utmost importance that the Council continues the practice of briefings and provides other opportunities as well, with a dedicated agenda item, first and foremost, agenda item “The situation in Georgia” and under the format of open debates, to discuss the situation in protracted conflicts in more depth. Ms. Agladze expressed regret that the discussion that took place in the Council in 2019, when it was briefed on the situation in Georgia following Russia’s full-scale military aggression against Georgia of August 2008, was not reflected in the Annual Report at all.
Ms. Agladze also recalled the negative impact of the abuse of the “veto” power in the Council, which Georgia experienced firsthand a decade ago and reiterated that the “veto” right should be restricted both when a permanent member is involved in a conflict or situation under consideration, as well as in the cases when Council’s inaction allows the perpetration of mass atrocities.
Full statement: Remarks on the Report of the Security Council .pdf