UN Security Council to convene today apropos 25th anniversary of NATO bombing of Serbia

The UN Security Council has scheduled a session for today on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the start of NATO’s aggression against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, said Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky.

Russia proposed the holding of a UN Security Council meeting with this topic on the agenda at the beginning of March, and Japan, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the council, backed the initiative and scheduled the meeting. It has not been revealed yet what format the meeting would have, or whether it will be open to the public, reported the Serbian state television, RTS.

Many Western countries have criticized the initiative, saying there is no need to travel to New York because of a low probability of the meeting being scheduled. Also, some Security Council members questioned the necessity of dedicating a meeting to an event that occurred 25 years ago and argued that the Council should instead prioritise addressing the wide array of current threats to international peace and security.

Serbia’s outgoing Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic however said that it is an unwritten rule that if a superpower initiates a meeting of this kind, it is held.

Dacic said Serbia does not wish to be an arbiter between great powers but to present the truth about what happened 25 years ago at the time of the bombing of the FRY, as the bombing violated international law and global legal order at that time.

At the UN Security Council session on March 25, the NATO bombing was not included in the agenda because 12 council members abstained from giving their opinion on the issue and three members – Russia, China and Algeria – were in favour of the session taking place.

(Blic, 28.03.2024)



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