Ukraine's Ambassador: UN to suffer League of Nations' fate

10:00, 09 April 2015
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By using the right to veto at the United Nations, it's possible to block the resolution of any conflict, therefore the UN faces two options: it will either change its procedures and get out of crisis with dignity or suffer the same fate as the League of Nations, which failed to avert World War II.

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Ukraine's Ambassador to the UN Yuriy Sergeyev said in an interview with eurointegration.com.ua.

He claims that the crisis at the UN in regard to both Ukraine and Syria is evident.

As for Ukraine, Sergeyev says, the dramatics of the situation are that voting is needed to designate Russia as a side to the conflict, while Russia is set to apply its right of veto.

"The UN will either get out of this crisis with dignity if it manages to amend its Charter and procedures, or suffer the same fate as the League of Nations. Let me remind: the latter was designed to ensure peace and stability, but was unable to avert World War II with the tools it had at disposal," he said.

"In the end, collective self-defense against fascism won the war and the winners decided to create a new League of Nations named the United Nations," he explained.

He also mentioned the situation when the UN made an attempt to designate the Soviet Union as the aggressor in the Afghan war. "This issue was on the agenda of the [UN] Security Council, the Soviet Union vetoed it, and nothing could have been done," he said.

The League of Nations was an intergovernmental organization founded in January 1920 as a result of the Paris Peace Conference that ended World War I. It was the first international organization whose principal mission was to maintain world peace. Its primary goals, as stated in its Covenant, included preventing wars through collective security and disarmament and settling international disputes through negotiation and arbitration.

After a number of notable successes and some early failures in the 1920s, the League ultimately proved incapable of preventing aggression by the Axis powers in the 1930s. The onset of World War II showed that the League had failed its primary purpose, which was to prevent any future world war. The League lasted for 26 years; it was replaced by the United Nations in April 1946 after the end of WW II. The UN inherited a number of agencies and organizations founded by the League.

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