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    • RSS Lithuania's statement at the UN Security Council wrap up session Added2015.08.31

      Thank you Madam President.

      On this last day of the Nigerian Presidency I want to thank you for your wise stewardship of the Council during the month of August. Since this wrap-up session is intended to cover a two-month period, let me also thank New Zealand for its energetic and impressive work in July.

      While the work of the Council is constrained by mandate cycles and recurrent debates on a number of key issues, New Zealand’s open debate on peace and security challenges facing small island developing states was a welcome breath of fresh air. We hope that Council’s engagement with SIDS regarding the specific security challenges these countries face will continue, and the opportunity for preventive action will not be lost on such crucial challenges as managing the effects of climate change, climate induced displacement, and illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons.

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    • Lithuania's statement at the UN Security Council briefing on UNMIK, Kosovo Added2015.08.21

      I thank Mr. Ivica Dacic, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Hashim Thaci of Kosovo for their statements. I also thank Mr. Farid Zarif, Special Representative and the Head of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, for his briefing. Let me express our appreciation for his dedicated service at the helm of UNMIK and wish him best success in his new appointment as Special Representative for Liberia. I also wish our colleague Zahir Tanin of Afghanistan every success in his new job as UNGS’s Special Representative for Kosovo.

      We reiterate our support to EU’s continued efforts in facilitating the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue. Some concrete steps have already been taken in implementing the 19 April 2013 Agreement on the principles of normalisation of relation between Belgrade and Pristina, including on the integration of judiciary and civil protection personnel. Issues of energy, telecoms, establishment of the Association/Community of Serb majority municipalities in Kosovo and freedom of movement/the Mitrovica bridge continue to be in the focus of the discussions in the framework of the dialogue.

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    • Lithuania's statement at the UN Security Council briefing on security sector reform Added2015.08.20

      Madam President,

      I thank Nigeria for organizing this briefing. I would also like to thank Assistant Secretary General Dmitri Titov, Special Representative on sexual violence in conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura and Assistant Coordinator of UNDP Izumi Nakamitsu for sharing their insights with us today.

      At the Council’s debate on security sector reform (SSR) last year we called on the UN to do more in helping states coming out of conflict to reform their police and military forces. We advocated for reinforced efforts to ensure that security institutions in post-conflict environments are a source of safety, security, and trust rather than extortion and fear.

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    • Lithuania's statement at the UN Security Council open debate on regional organizations and contemporary challenges of global security Added2015.08.18

      Madam President,

      I would like to thank you for convening us today to discuss the contribution of the regional organizations to the maintenance of international peace and security, and the Secretary General for his briefing.

      Lithuania aligns itself with the statement to be delivered by the representative of the European Union.

      As noted on other occasions, regional and subregional organisations have the advantage of geographical proximity and can thus respond more quickly to the evolving situation on the ground; they share better knowledge of and insights into the causes, factors and actors of a crisis; and as neighbours have a direct interest in preventing a crisis from spilling over.

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    • Lithuania's statement at the UN Security Council briefing on peace and security in Africa: Ebola Added2015.08.13

      I thank Mr. Nabarro, Mrs. Chang and Dr. Fallah and ambassador O. Skoog (Chair of the PBC) for their comprehensive briefings and for their work in fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

      I also commend the Nigerian Presidency for its initiative to convene this timely Council briefing on Peace and Security in Africa and Ebola.

      Ebola outbreak has been claimed to be "nearly over" for months, yet it continues to claim lives in Sierra Leone and Guinea. It takes only one infection and a delayed collective response to spark another disastrous epidemic. There is simply no room for complacency when we deal with epidemics of this kind.

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    • Lithuania's explanation of vote after adoption of resolution on the attribution mechanism for the chemical weapons attacks in Syria Added2015.08.07

      Madam President,

      Lithuania voted in favour of and co-sponsored the draft resolution establishing the Joint Investigative Mechanism to identify those involved in the use of chemicals as weapons in Syria.

      Despite the complete prohibition of the use of chemical weapons being at the core of the Chemical Weapons Convention to which Syria is a state party since October 2013 and the prohibitions contained in the Council resolutions 2118 and 2209 to use, develop, retain or transfer chemical weapons in Syria, the use of toxic chemicals continues to this day with dreadful frequency. Civilians remain the primary targets of such attacks, while spreading fear remains the main objective.

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    • Lithuania's statement at the UN Security Council open debate on peace and security challenges facing small island developing states Added2015.07.30

      Mr. President,

      I would like to thank the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his briefing and the Prime Ministers of Samoa and Jamaica as well as Minister of Finance of Seychelles for their insightful remarks.

      We welcome this important debate organized by the Permanent Mission of New Zealand. It presents a rare opportunity to discuss the specific challenges faced by the small island developing states in relation to international peace and security. My delegation aligns itself with the statement to be delivered by the European Union later today.

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