EU Explanation of Vote: UN General Assembly: Resolution on Cooperation between the UN and the CSTO
I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Member States of the European Union.
The Candidate Countries North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, the potential candidate country Georgia, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area align themselves with this explanation of vote.
I would like to reemphasize that the EU and its Member States support cooperation between the United Nations and regional and other organizations, in accordance with Chapter VIII of the Charter of the United Nations, which is an important tool for the effective settlement of conflicts and the promotion of peace and security.
The Russian aggression against Ukraine, which we condemn in the strongest terms, launched in February with the support of Belarus, is a clear violation of the UN Charter and of the principles of international law, as confirmed in several resolutions of the UNGA.
The armed forces of the Russian Federation form the core of the CSTO. Their role in the illegal aggression against Ukraine, with all the atrocities reported on daily bases, has indisputably stigmatized all the Organization, hampered its credibility and created an unsurmountable obstacle for its cooperation with the UN.
Against this background we can no longer support cooperation between the United Nations and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (resolution L.13) and we invite all UN Member States to consider taking the same approach in this regard.