Permanent representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko sent a letter to the President of the UN security Council (in July – Peru) that the law “On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state” does not threaten international security and is not related to the competence of the security Council.
“The media asked about the letter from Egypt addressed to the President of the UN security Council in the context of the meeting on 16 July. Let me explain. As part of the diplomatic algorithm 3 July Ukraine has officially informed the President of the UN security Council (Peru) about the fact that the Ukrainian law on language does not threaten international peace and security and has no relationship to the competence of the security Council. Our position is clear – the law “On ensuring the functioning of Ukrainian as the state language” is purely an internal matter of Ukraine”, – said the speaker of the permanent mission of Ukraine to the UN Oleg Nikolenko on his page on the social network Facebook on Friday.
According to him, in a letter to the Ukrainian side drew attention to the significant aggravation of Russian-Ukrainian conflict, which “really should matter to the security Council”.
“Despite the sincere desire of Ukraine to achieve progress in the political and diplomatic solution, Russia continues to ignore its obligations. This, and the release of the Ukrainian seamen and ships at the request of the International Tribunal, and the violation of the ceasefire and attacks on medical personnel in violation of international humanitarian law. We believe that it primarily should respond to the UN security Council,” – said stated.
As reported, Russia is convening a meeting of the UN security Council on the Ukrainian language law. The speaker of the permanent mission of Ukraine to the UN Oleg Nikolenko reported that a meeting is tentatively scheduled for July 16.
On 20 may, the Russian side has tried to convene a meeting of the UN security Council on the language of the law. However, the majority of security Council members have not supported Russia’s proposal. So, five members of the UN security Council expressed support for such a meeting, six against, and four countries abstained.
“This time the formal reason was the entry of the law into force”, – said Olga Nicolenco.
As reported, on 25 April 2019, the Verkhovna Rada adopted in the second reading the bill language. Amendments to the document, the parliamentarians considered in plenary meetings for almost two months – from February 28.
May 15, who was then President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the language bill, noting its exceptional balance.