27 February / 2015

PRESS RELEASE ON THE 69TH SESSION OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY APPROVING A RESOLUTION ON THE SEVENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR

The plenary meeting of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly held in New York on February 26 adopted by consensus upon the initiative of the Russian Federation the resolution “Seventieth Anniversary of the End of the Second World War.” The Russian draft was coauthored by an impressive number of states, 83, from all regions of the world.

The approval of this resolution continues the UN tradition to celebrate each quinquennial anniversary of the end of WW II. The document reflects the idea to hold a special solemn meeting of the General Assembly in May 2015 dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory.

The resolution also refers to the 2004 decision to declare May 8 and 9 as a time of remembrance and reconciliation, calling on all UN member states, UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, and private individuals to mark these days in tribute to the memory of all victims of WW II.

In advancing this initiative, the Russian Federation proceeded from the importance of remembering the lessons of that grievous war, revering the memory of the dead, and helping to keep the historical memory of these people. Perceiving the victory won in 1945 as mankind’s common value is of much importance for rallying the international community in dealing with challenges and threats to international peace and security, with the United Nations playing a central role, on the basis of equality and mutual respect.

February 27, 2015

PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UN VITALY CHURKIN’S STATEMENT ON DRAFT RESOLUTION A/69/L.52 OF THE 69TH UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON THE SEVENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR, NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 26, 2015

Mr Chairman,

The delegation of the Russian Federation has the honour to introduce, on its behalf and on behalf of a large group of co-authors, a draft resolution (document A/69/L.52) on the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Mr Chairman,

This year we will mark a memorable event, the 70th anniversary of victory in the Second World War. That war, unprecedented in scale and cruelty, was a huge tragedy for humankind. Collective resolve not to witness a recurrence of the untold grief and suffering inflicted by the war resulted in the established of the United Nations Organisation and the development of the current system of international relations. The term “United Nations” was coined during the Second World War, as this is how the members of the anti-Hitler coalition called themselves.

It took a huge cooperative effort and major losses to repel the dangerous threat to the very foundations of civilisation 70 years ago. We must never forget tremendous sacrifices made and the horrendous atrocities committed by the Nazis and their accomplices. The international system of criminal justice that was created after the war provided a principled assessment of the numerous crimes against humanity and war crimes and also reaffirmed the correctness and continued importance of that assessment.

Despite the complex new challenges that the world faced after the end of the Second World War, we must always remember the heroism of the people from all countries that fought Nazism and militarism. This is our common victory, which we have the full right and duty to be proud of. It is our common obligation to remember the bitter lessons of that war, to work to perpetuate these memories and to prevent a revision of history and attempts to rewrite it.

The draft resolution submitted by its co-authors is based on the firm UN tradition of celebrating the end of the Second World War. It has also become traditional for many countries from different parts of the world to co-author resolutions. We also hope to see the traditional unanimous support for this document.

Mr Chairman,

The operative part of this document invites all UN member states and agencies, non-governmental organisations and individuals to pay tribute to all victims of the war this May. Paragraph 2 of this document includes a request that the General Assembly hold a special solemn meeting in the second week of May 2015 in commemoration of all victims. We propose holding this meeting on May 5 or 6.

Thank you.