Mr President,

I thank the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Ms Izumi Nakamitsu, for her presentation. We have also taken note of the other presentations.

I will focus on three main points today:

First, Switzerland firmly condemns Russia's military aggression against Ukraine. We reject all attempts to justify and distort responsibility for this act and its consequences. With this act, Russia seriously violates international law, in particular the prohibition of the use of force enshrined in Article 2 of the United Nations Charter. Ukraine has the right to ensure its security and defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Second, several Council resolutions prohibit arms transfers originating from certain countries. Such transfers, and the use of these weapons for targeted attacks on civilian infrastructure, constitute multiple violations of international law. We call on all States to respect their obligations, including the relevant Security Council resolutions. We regret the heavy toll paid by the civilian population in this war. Switzerland calls for strict compliance with international humanitarian law. In the conduct of hostilities, the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution must be respected. We condemn any attack carried out in violation of these principles, and reaffirm that those responsible for such acts must be brought to justice, and that victims must receive the necessary support for their physical, mental, social and economic rehabilitation.

Third, with General Assembly resolution ES-11/6 we have a broadly supported basis for a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter. We welcome diplomatic efforts that are being pursued in line with these principles.

Mr President,

This war is causing immense suffering for the civilian population in Ukraine and increasing instability throughout the world, with unforeseeable consequences, including in Russia. We reiterate our concern about the intention to deploy nuclear weapons in Belarus. In order that a diplomatic solution can be pursued, we call on Russia - once again - to de-escalate the situation, cease all combat operations and withdraw its troops from Ukrainian territory without delay.

I thank you.