Ebrard meets with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba to explain the mediation plan

UNITED NATIONS.- The Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrardmet on Thursday with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba to explain the mediation plan that Mexico proposes with the aim of achieving peace after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“I had a cordial conversation with Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. He appreciated Mexico’s efforts in the Security Council,” Ebrard tweeted with a photo of both foreign ministers.

Hours earlier, the foreign minister presented the plan to the United Nations Security Council and explained that it focuses on a group of countries strengthening the mediation role of United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Mexico formally proposed that the Security Council, India and the Vatican lead a negotiation in search of a truce between Russia and Ukrainean initiative that had already been advanced and that had not had a very warm reception in Ukraine.

Asked about it by reporters Thursday, Ebrard admitted that Russia has also been critical of the plan.but still worth proposing.

“It is about giving political density to this. And someone will say ‘listen but mediation is not possible’. Well, but if we don’t make the effort and don’t press… It’s not enough to condemn (the war). We have to strengthen the role of the UN in a possible mediation,” said Ebrard.

The chancellor presented the plan during a special session of the Council to deal with the issue of Russian invasion of Ukrainein which the chancellor criticized in passing the ineffectiveness of that body.

Ebrard said that Mexico recognized Guterres’ leadership in the search for solutions to the conflict and that, in order to “strengthen his mediation efforts”, he proposed the “formation of a committee for dialogue and peace in Ukraine, with the participation of other heads of state and government, including if possible His Excellency Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India) and His Holiness Pope Francis.”

“The objective,” he added, “would be to generate new mechanisms for dialogue and complementary spaces for mediation, which foster trust, reduce tensions and open the way to lasting peace.”

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“It is time to act,” he said. “Resigning oneself to war is always going to a precipice.”

A first Ukrainian reaction to the initiative, however, was not positive.

“It is a Russian plan,” Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said in a tweet when the proposal was first circulated. He then wondered if the idea is “to keep millions under occupation, increase mass burials and give Russia time to renew reserves before the next offensive.”

Mexico has condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but maintains a somewhat ambiguous position. Ebrard said that the invasion constituted “a flagrant violation of the provisions of the UN charter,” with very serious consequences, especially for civil society. At the same time, however, he maintains that the arms shipment to Ukraine and the sanctions on Russia only aggravate the conflict.

Mexico did not join the sanctions and asks for solutions based on dialogue and on humanitarian considerations.

Ebrard said that the UN was not doing enough and that the Security Council has had only one public statement since the beginning of the conflict.

“Indifference is not admissible,” said the foreign minister. “The Security Council was unable to fulfill its essential responsibility. The reasons why this Council can become dysfunctional are known. Correcting them is up to us.”

Ebrard told reporters Thursday that his country is not proposing the plan to be a focus of attention.

“Mexico does not aspire to a starring role or to try to solve the problem on its own. It’s not the idea. The idea is to facilitate mediation,” said the foreign minister.

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