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France and Mexico support Guterres’ humanitarian armistice in Ukraine

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New York / TEH: France and Mexico announced their support for a humanitarian truce announced by the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on Tuesday, in Ukraine, on the occasion of Christian Easter.

This came according to press statements made, on Tuesday, by the two countries’ delegates to the United Nations, the French, Nicolas de Riviere, and the Mexican, Juan Ramon de la Fuente.

Earlier today, Antonio Guterres called for a humanitarian truce in Ukraine, for a period of 4 days, from Thursday until next Sunday, on the occasion of Christian Easter.

Commenting on this, the delegates emphasized in their statements that “the first priority remains the immediate cessation of hostilities, full respect for international humanitarian law, the protection of civilians, and urgent humanitarian access, so we fully support the Secretary-General’s call for a humanitarian pause of 4 days a week.” holy”.

“Now more than one in four people in Ukraine have been displaced due to the Russian war against them, and there are nearly 5 million refugees and 7.1 million internally displaced people,” the Mexican ambassador said in his remarks.

He added, “90 percent of refugees and displaced persons are women and children. The risk of trafficking is high. We believe that we have a collective responsibility to protect refugees and displaced persons and provide assistance to them without any discrimination.”

In turn, the French ambassador said, “We must increase our efforts to combat human trafficking. France and Mexico will remain on full alert in this regard.”

“As a result of this war, civilians, including children, humanitarian and medical workers, and journalists have been killed for nearly two months. According to the World Health Organization, there have been 136 attacks on health care facilities… these crimes will not go unpunished.”

And on February 24, Russia launched an attack on Ukraine, followed by international rejection and severe economic sanctions against Moscow, which stipulate to end its operation that Kyiv abandon plans to join military entities and remain neutral, which the latter considers an “interference in its sovereignty.”

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