Moldovan PM meets UN Secretary-General
20:48 | 09.05.2022 Category: Official
Chisinau, May 9 / MOLDPRES /- The options for developing the partnership with the United Nations (UN), as well as the visions of the forum in maintaining peace and security in the region, were discussed today, during a meeting between Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who is, for the first time, on an official visit to the Republic of Moldova, the government's communication and protocol department has reported.
During the talks, Natalia Gavrilița reiterated the position of the Republic of Moldova condemning the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, noting that these actions represent a flagrant violation of international law: "The Republic of Moldova has condemned Russian aggression against Ukraine from day one fighting and restoring peace. Our country supported all the resolutions of the UN General Assembly on this subject ", Gavrilița said.
At the same time, the Prime Minister spoke about the actions of the Chisinau Executive in order to manage the crisis of Ukrainian refugees and thanked for the support provided by the UN agencies. Currently, 90 thousand Ukrainian refugees remain in the Republic of Moldova, half of whom are children.
"We have been witnessing a tragedy in Ukraine for two and a half months. Our citizens have shown solidarity with our Ukrainian neighbors, opened their homes and hearts to Ukrainian refugees. 90,000 refugees is a large number for a country with a stable population of 2.6 million people. That is why we have called for the support of the international community to strengthen existing national services, to relocate refugees and to cover urgent operational costs. UN agencies have managed to raise $ 106 million to support Ukrainian refugees in Moldova. This money is managed directly by the UN and UNHCR team. We would like the aid for refugees and their hosts in Moldova to reach their destination faster and in sufficient volume, to each refugee, so that these people can cover their needs in a timely manner ", mentioned Natalia Gavrilița during a joint press conference with the UN Secretary-General.
The Prime Minister also mentioned that despite the many crises that have hit our country, the Government is determined to move forward on the path of reforms and integration into the European Union.
"Today, the Republic of Moldova is facing an unprecedented overlap of crises: the effects of the pandemic crisis, the energy crisis, inflation and rising prices, the reorientation of trade chains. However, regardless of the challenges, the Republic of Moldova is moving forward on the path of development, democracy and European integration. We want to strengthen the resilience of the state in the face of any challenges, including security, and to offer our citizens well-being and a European future. The war has convinced us that we have no time to lose - we must move quickly towards our goal. And in this context, we appreciate the lasting partnership we have built between the Republic of Moldova and the UN ", Natalia Gavrilița also said.
For his part, Antonio Guterres thanked the Moldovan authorities and citizens for their continued support, solidarity and generosity to Ukrainian refugees, noting that the UN agency is focusing its efforts on doubling the assistance provided to the Republic of Moldova in managing the humanitarian and economic crisis. Our country.
"I am here on a mission of solidarity, to thank the Republic of Moldova for the openness, generosity and example of humanity you have shown. We understand that it is a colossal challenge for a small country with a fragile economy to receive such a large number of refugees. You came with an effective response, we welcome the steps taken to protect refugees and integrate them into society. The UN has been with the Republic of Moldova in difficult times and will remain a reliable partner, and we will continue to do our utmost to expand our programs in the Republic of Moldova, "said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The Republic of Moldova has been a member of the UN for 30 years, during which time it has signed over 300 international treaties from the UN system and specialized agencies. Since 2003, our country has deployed 148 military and peacekeepers in UN peacekeeping operations in various parts of the world. There are currently 23 UN agencies, programs and funds in the Republic of Moldova, with activities in areas such as sustainable development, health, education, labor market, human rights, including child rights, justice, green economy, climate, sustainable agriculture and others.