Guterres on Ukraine: Guns are talking now, but the path of dialogue must always remain open

UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the United Nations Security Council in an emergency special session on Ukraine “the guns are talking now, but the path of dialogue must always remain open.”

Requested by the United Nations Security Council, the General Assembly held on Monday a rare emergency special session on Ukraine.

Guterres said that the last few days were “a tragedy for Ukraine”, but also “a major regional crisis with potentially disastrous implications for us all.”

“Yesterday, Russian nuclear forces were put on high alert. This is a chilling development. The mere idea of a nuclear conflict is simply inconceivable. Nothing can justify the use of nuclear weapons.”

He continued “It is never too late to engage in good-faith negotiations and to address all issues peacefully.”

“I hope that the direct talks now taking place between Ukrainian and Russian delegations will produce not only an immediate halt to the fighting, but also a path towards a diplomatic solution”, the UN chief said.

Guterres argued that “humanity cannot afford to be locked in a mindset that dredges up the worst of past centuries.”

The Secretary-General stressed the need to “focus on solving problems, not making them worse.”

Guterres also said that, in cities around the world, people are taking to the streets and demanding an end to war.

“People in Ukraine want and need peace. I believe people in the Russian Federation do, too. We need peace now,” he added.

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