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The participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Meleșcanu, in the open debate of the Security Council on "Protection of Civilians"

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Meleșcanu, attended the open debate within the UN Security Council on the ”Protection of Civilians” on Thursday, May 23, 2019, organized by Indonesia, the country that holds the presidency of the Security Council this month.

In his speech, the Romanian minister expressed his appreciation for the UN Secretary General's report on the Protection of Civilians, which mentions that in 2018 tens of thousands of civilians were killed, injured or mutilated as a result of attacks and actions of the parties in conflict that have occurred in several countries confronted with crises or internal conflicts.

Presenting the measures taken at national level for the protection of civilians, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Meleșcanu, mentioned the adoption of the Strategy for the Application of International Humanitarian Law and the attention paid to this issue in the process of training the participants in future UN peacekeeping missions. He pointed out that Romania currently contributes with military and police personnel to UN peacekeeping missions that include in their mandate the protection of civilians in Haiti, Mali, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs has reaffirmed Romania's commitment to contribute to the achievement of the goals set by the UN Security Council in the field of protection of civilians.

The debate was held in the context of marking 70 years since the adoption of the Geneva Conventions and 20 years since the adoption of the first UN Security Council Resolution on the Protection of Civilians (1265/1999). The protection of civilians has become a constant concern of the UN, the Security Council and UN field missions in recent years, which has been confirmed by the inclusion of this objective in the mandates of UN peacekeeping missions.