Remarks of Ms. Agnese Vilde, Deputy Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations
at the presentation of the Code of Conduct regarding Security Council action against genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes
UNHQ, New York, 1 October 2015
Latvia would like to add its voice of support for the initiative you have just presented.
The continued subjection of populations to atrocity crimes is a stark reminder of the urgent need for the international community to prevent and respond. The Security Council as the main guarantor of international peace and security has a particular responsibility in this regard. Inaction by the Security Council, when mass atrocities are taking place, is unacceptable and runs counter to the spirit of the Charter of the United Nations. Since permanent members of the Council are granted a special privilege – the veto power – in order to protect the Charter of the United Nations and the international order, they also bear a special responsibility that this power is used in the interests of our common peace and security.
Latvia appreciates the work of the ACT Group, and especially Liechtenstein, in elaborating a Code of Conduct regarding Security Council’s action against genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes. It is a timely and useful initiative, and Latvia fully supports it.
Latvia also supports the initiative of France and Mexico on restraining the use of the veto in situations of mass atrocities, as far too often we have witnessed how the privilege of the veto has been abused and left the Council paralyzed.
The time has come to implement the mandate of the Security Council for the benefit of humanity.