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“End War in Ukraine” Say 66 Nations at UN General Assembly

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“End War in Ukraine” Say 66 Nations at UN General Assembly

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Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies. Originally published on Global Research

We have spent the past week reading and listening to speeches by world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York. Most of them condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a violation of the UN Charter and a serious setback for the peaceful world order that is the UN’s founding and defining principle.

But what has not been reported in the United States is that leaders from 66 countries, mainly from the Global South, also used their General Assembly speeches to call urgently for diplomacy to end the war in Ukraine through peaceful negotiations, as the UN Charter requires. We have compiled excerpts from the speeches of all 66 countries to show the breadth and depth of their appeals, and we highlight a few of them here.

African leaders echoed one of the first speakers, Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, who also spoke in his capacity as the current chairman of the African Union when he said, “We call for de-escalation and a cessation of hostilities in Ukraine, as well as for a negotiated solution, to avoid the catastrophic risk of a potentially global conflict.”

The 66 nations that called for peace in Ukraine make up more than a third of the countries in the world, and they represent most of the Earth’s population, including IndiaChinaIndonesiaBangladeshBrazil and Mexico.

While NATO and EU countries have rejected peace negotiations, and U.S. and U.K. leaders have actively undermined them, five European countries – HungaryMaltaPortugalSan Marino and the Vatican – joined the calls for peace at the General Assembly.

The peace caucus also includes many of the small countries that have the most to lose from the failure of the UN system revealed by recent wars in Ukraine and the Greater Middle East, and who have the most to gain by strengthening the UN and enforcing the UN Charter to protect the weak and restrain the powerful.

Philip Pierre, the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, a small island state in the Caribbean, told the General Assembly,

“Articles 2 and 33 of the UN Charter are unambiguous in binding Member States to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state and to negotiate and settle all international disputes by peaceful means.…We therefore call upon all parties involved to immediately end the conflict in Ukraine, by undertaking immediate negotiations to permanently settle all disputes in accordance with the principles of the United Nations.”

Global South leaders lamented the breakdown of the UN system, not just in the war in Ukraine but throughout decades of war and economic coercion by the United States and its allies. President Jose Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste directly challenged the West’s double standards, telling Western countries,

“They should pause for a moment to reflect on the glaring contrast in their response to the wars elsewhere where women and children have died by the thousands from wars and starvation. The response to our beloved Secretary-General’s cries for help in these situations have not met with equal compassion. As countries in the Global South, we see double standards. Our public opinion does not see the Ukraine war the same way it is seen in the North.”

Many leaders called urgently for an end to the war in Ukraine before it escalates into a nuclear war that would kill billions of people and end human civilization as we know it. The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, warned,

“…the war in Ukraine not only undermines the nuclear non-proliferation regime, but also presents us with the danger of nuclear devastation, either through escalation or accident. … To avoid a nuclear disaster, it is vital that there be serious engagement to find a peaceful outcome to the conflict.”

Others described the economic impacts already depriving their people of food and basic necessities, and called on all sides, including Ukraine’s Western backers, to return to the negotiating table before the war’s impacts escalate into multiple humanitarian disasters across the Global South. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh told the Assembly,

“We want the end of the Russia-Ukraine war. Due to sanctions and counter-sanctions, …the entire mankind, including women and children, is punished. Its impact does not remain confined to one country, rather it puts the lives and livelihoods of the people of all nations in greater risk, and infringes their human rights. People are deprived of food, shelter, healthcare and education. Children suffer the most in particular. Their future sinks into darkness.

My urge to the conscience of the world – stop the arms race, stop the war and sanctions. Ensure food, education, healthcare and security of the children. Establish peace.”

TurkeyMexico and Thailand each offered their own approaches to restarting peace negotiations, while Sheikh Al-Thani, the Amir of Qatar, succinctly explained that delaying negotiations will only bring more death and suffering:

“We are fully aware of the complexities of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and the international and global dimension to this crisis. However, we still call for an immediate ceasefire and a peaceful settlement, because this is ultimately what will happen regardless of how long this conflict will go on for. Perpetuating the crisis will not change this result. It will only increase the number of casualties, and it will increase the disastrous repercussions on Europe, Russia and the global economy.”

Responding to Western pressure on the Global South to actively support Ukraine’s war effort, India’s Foreign Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, claimed the moral high ground and championed diplomacy,

“As the Ukraine conflict continues to rage, we are often asked whose side we are on. And our answer, each time, is straight and honest. India is on the side of peace and will remain firmly there. We are on the side that respects the UN Charter and its founding principles. We are on the side that calls for dialogue and diplomacy as the only way out. We are on the side of those struggling to make ends meet, even as they stare at escalating costs of food, fuel and fertilizers.

It is therefore in our collective interest to work constructively, both within the United Nations and outside, in finding an early resolution to this conflict.”

One of the most passionate and eloquent speeches was delivered by Congolese Foreign Minister Jean-Claude Gakosso, who summarized the thoughts of many, and appealed directly to Russia and Ukraine – in Russian!

“Because of the considerable risk of a nuclear disaster for the entire planet, not only those involved in this conflict but also those foreign powers who could influence events by calming them down, should all temper their zeal. They must stop fanning the flames and they must turn their backs on this type of vanity of the powerful which has so far closed the door to dialogue.

Under the auspices of the United Nations, we must all commit without delay to peace negotiations – just, sincere and equitable negotiations. After Waterloo, we know that since the Vienna Congress, all wars finish around the table of negotiation.

The world urgently needs these negotiations to prevent the current confrontations – which are already so devastating – to prevent them from going even further and pushing humanity into what could be an irredeemable cataclysm, a widespread nuclear war beyond the control of the great powers themselves – the war, about which Einstein, the great atomic theorist, said that it would be the last battle that humans would fight on Earth.

Nelson Mandela, a man of eternal forgiveness, said that peace is a long road, but it has no alternative, it has no price. In reality, the Russians and Ukrainians have no other choice but to take this path, the path of peace.

Moreover, we too should go with them, because we must throughout the world be legions working together in solidarity, and we must be able to impose the unconditional option of peace on the war lobbies.

(Next three paragraphs in Russian) Now I wish to be direct, and directly address my dear Russian and Ukrainian friends.

Too much blood has been spilled – the sacred blood of your sweet children. It’s time to stop this mass destruction. It’s time to stop this war. The entire world is watching you. It’s time to fight for life, the same way that you courageously and selflessly fought together against the Nazis during World War Two, in particular in Leningrad, Stalingrad, Kursk and Berlin.

Think about the youth of your two countries. Think about the fate of your future generations. The time has come to fight for peace, to fight for them. Please give peace a real chance, today, before it is too late for us all. I humbly ask this of you.”

At the end of the debate on September 26Csaba Korosi, the president of the General Assembly, acknowledged in his closing statement that ending the war in Ukraine was one of the main messages “reverberating through the Hall” at this year’s General Assembly.

You can read here Korosi’s closing statement and all the calls for peace he was referring to.

And if you want to join the “legions working together in solidarity… to impose the unconditional option of peace on the war lobbies,” as Jean-Claude Gakosso said, you can learn more at LINK .

Medea Benjamin is the cofounder of CODEPINK for Peace, and the author of several books, including Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Nicolas J. S. Davies is an independent journalist, a researcher with CODEPINK and the author of Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq.

Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies are the authors of War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict, available from OR Books in October/November 2022. They are regular contributors to Global Research.


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Kadyrov said he would send his underage children to the front line in Ukraine The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said that his minor children Akhmat, Eli and Adam would soon take part in the military operation in Ukraine. According to him, they “will be located on the most difficult sections of the line of contact.”

“Akhmat, Eli and Adam are ready to use their skills in the NWO zone. And I’m not kidding. It’s time to show themselves in a real fight, and this is their desire, I only welcome. Soon they will go to the front line and will be on the most difficult sections of the line of contact,” Ramzan Kadyrov wrote on his Telegram channel.

As Ramzan Kadyrov writes, his sons Akhmat, Eli and Adam have been undergoing military training “almost from an early age.” He recalled that Akhmat is 16 years old, Eli is 15 years old, Adam is 14 years old.

Sr. Menotti

The boys who defended Moscow against the Germans were also teens. And they kicked the last Nazis out of Podmoskovie. Listen to the song “Derevno Kriukovo”.


I am Russian, I grew up on these songs. And I understand well what Ramzan is talking about, this is our mentality, TO BE A WARRIOR OF LIGHT :)

Sr. Menotti

I am not Russian, but I can guarantee to you sister, that Russian and the Allied Forces will win this war. There is no other option. Slava Rossii!


Glory to all who are fighting for peace on this planet. By any means available.

Florian Geyer

Slava Rossiya.


HOW does one do that and what would the worlds be? I did try to search for it .

Crazy Canuck

Ha ha ha 🤣🙂🤣 we have seen the Russian trash in action , maybe children could do better if they don’t drink yet LOL


Explain again how you Ukrotards, after eight years of training on the correct technique for reach-arounds and rusty trombones from Canadian advisors, lost a huge swathe of their country to the Russians in a matter of days?

John Tosh

Third world war is shaping up!

Unfortunately for the Western countries they lose the hegemony that has given them so much money and so much power for decades. That instrument is coming to an end.

NATO G7 and the CIA by reverting to terrorism to bomb Nord Stream 1 and 2 have shown the world they cannot be trusted. Who says they have not been blowing up pipelines and Electricity Pylons in say Nigeria in Africa?

Terrorists are terrorists no matter if they wear suits and sit in an office in Langley Virginia.

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Sr. Menotti

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/russian-attack-nato-ally-not-28139685 I translate this article for you: If Putin loses control and wipe out Estonia (because of their racial pogroms against Russians), then we will not attack Russia, because if we launch our nukes (that the Ruskis CAN catch), the Ruskis will immediately launch their hypersonic nukes (that we can NOT catch). So, in order for us to stay alive, we shall not retaliate in case of chihuahua Estonia becomes a continuation of the Baltic Sea. Cope.

Lord Humungus

Exactly correct. Someone explain this to these Nazi Piss Statelets.

Alexandre Moumbaris

The discussion in the général Assembly – at least as it is presented – would have been more credible had they treated the subject as the “War between the United-States and their vassals against the Russian fédération”. As it is they are craintif about mentioning the responsibility, nay the guilt of the archi-culprit US. They have still a long way to go to decolonize their minds.

Based Vet

“Europe’s ability to replace Russian gas depends on both physical and economic factors: no matter how prices rise, Europe as a whole will not be able in the SHORT TERM to replace the volumes (of gas from Russia) that it has lost. Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis”

So, it will be a cold Winter for the US Vassals. And about cooking, well, try to buy a wood stove.

Florian Geyer

Try buying wood in a few months, lol. I have a lot of seasoned wood for my own use on my land.

The Gypos will be stealing wood all over the EU this winter and likely next winter as well, LOL

Natalie Biden was 13

Lavrov: “WW3 will be fought with nukes”. Einstein: “WW4 will be fought with sticks”. Natalie Biden was 13 says that Both are correct.

Lord Humungus

That is an elementary principle of racial, national, and social hygiene. They will never give us rest. If they could, they would drive one nation after another into war against us. Who cares about their difficulties, they who only want to force the world to accept their bloody financial domination? The Jews are a parasitic race that feeds like a foul fungus on the cultures of healthy but ignorant peoples. There is only one effective measure: cut them out.


Where were all those countries the last 8 years, while Donbass civilians were massively bombed? I didn’t hear anything from them.

No War

The desperation of the Putin regime arises from the fact that it is confronted with the consequences of the dissolution of the USSR, a historic betrayal that set into motion all the subsequent socioeconomic and political disasters. In dissolving the Soviet Union, the Stalinist bureaucracy deluded itself into believing that Lenin’s analysis of imperialism was nothing more than a Marxian myth. But this “myth” has proven to be true. Thirty years after the collapse of the USSR, Russia is confronted with a war by the imperialist powers aimed at dismembering it.


Crazy Canuck

The Russians better start learning how to speak Ukrainian real soon eh.


That was the idea of the ethnic cleansing operation launched by the failed Ukrainian CIA project in 2014. It ended with the Novorussians thanking Canada for their nice helmets after destroying you Ukrotards at Debaltsevo.

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