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Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu: crimes against humanity must be condemned uncompromisingly

26. September 2019 - 16:41

On Wednesday 25 September, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu spoke at an UN General Assembly side event organised by Denmark and focused on the contribution of small and medium countries to peace and security. The Foreign Minister also attended a dinner organised by the United States where the focus of discussions was on transatlantic relations and security.

Speaking at the event organised by Denmark, Foreign Minister Reinsalu said that the most powerful weapon at the disposal of small states was international law and adherence to it should be demanded in the work of the UN. “This is the nuclear weapon of small states,” Reinsalu said, quoting former Estonian President Lennar Meri. In his view, the principles of the UN should be changed, including abolishing the right to veto resolutions on genocide and crimes against humanity in the UN Security Council. “Genocide is not an international issue, it is a serious crime and its perpetrator must be punished under all circumstances,” the Estonian Foreign Minister added.

Addressing the increasing problem of refugees in the world, Reinsalu stressed that above all, the root causes of the problem must be addressed, that is, the world organisation should make maximum efforts towards the resolution of conflicts. “All possible actions should be taken to end war and allow people to return to their homes,” Reinsalu said.

Today, the Foreign Minister is attending the informal meeting of the network of ministers of the International Criminal Court, and he is also attending a joint event of Germany and France focused on international cooperation in solving global problems.

The Foreign Minister is also scheduled to meet the Secretary General of the Arab League and the Foreign Minister of Morocco.

Additional information:
Liisa Toots
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Media Adviser, Communication Department
+372 637 7628


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