The Ukrainian leader not only used his speech at the United Nations to call for Russian warplanes and officials to be prosecuted for war crimes, but also branded the Security Council as an agency. essentially useless, which, thanks to its design, has failed for decades to maintain peace around the world.
“Where is the security that the Security Council is supposed to guarantee?” he asked suspiciously.
The veto power enjoyed by Russia as one of the five permanent members of the 15-member Security Council has allowed it to carry out its campaign of violence and mass murder in Ukraine without fear of interference. international intervention, Zelensky said.
He called for the Security Council to either be reformed immediately to ensure fairer global representation and remove Russia’s veto, or disband the body altogether.
“Are you ready to shut down the UN?” he say. “Do you think the days of international law are over? If your answer is no, then you need to act immediately.”
Zelensky suggested holding a global conference in Kyiv to determine how to reform the global security system to prevent future violence in other parts of the world.
“We must do everything in our power to pass on to the next generation an effective UN with the ability to respond preventively to security challenges,” he said.