tisdag 5 april 2022

Cutting the Gordian knot that binds the UN Security Council

 As a former sailor I don't like cheating when it comes to tie up a knot. However, Alexander the great is still remembered for using his sword to cut the Gordian knot - famous as the most tight and intricate knot of ancient times.

Today the world is in despair  because the United Nations and it's Security Council seems to be tied with an equally hard knot; the veto of Russia - the perpetrator state that has thrown the world into war by attacking its neighbor Ukraine. It is the Security Council that shall determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression and shall make recommendations, or decide what measures shall be taken, to maintain or restore international peace and security. Decisions presupposes concurring votes from the permanent members and Russia is blocking all actions from the Security Council when it comes to the Russian war in Ukraine. But it doesn't have to be this way.

The UN charter has regulations on how to handle states that commits Crime Against Peace:

A Member of the United Nations which has persistently violated the Principles contained in the present Charter may be expelled from the Organization by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council. [Article 6]

With Russia in the Security Council it seems unlikely that the Security Council will make such a recommendation. But why is Russia in the Security Council in the first place? Here is what the UN charter states:

The Security Council shall consist of fifteen Members of the United Nations. The Republic of China, France, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America shall be permanent members of the Security Council. (From paragraph 1 of Article 23)

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was one of the founding states ot the United Nations but unlike the Byelorussian and Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republics the Russian SSR was never a member of the United Nations. When USSR collapsed the Russian Federation took over the place of USSR in the United Nations and in the Security Council. At that time no other state objected that Russia. (See Wikipedia article.) Now it's time to revise that stand and throw the Russian Federation out of the United Nations:

"- Sorry, there seems to be a problem with your documentation."

Read the UN Charter and realise that the Russian Federation is not mentioned. Revoke the diplomatic status of the Russians at the United Nation and send them back to Russia. 

The Russian Federation could then apply for membership in the United Nations (but not as a permament member of the Security Council). I think that some requirements should be met before Russia could be accepted as a member. A start of a list of demands to be met:
- withdrawal from all other countries (Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Syria, Japan);
- full payment of reparations to Ukraine and Georgia;
- repatriantion of all people abducted from Ukraine ro Russia;
- disarmament of it's nuclear arsenal;
- international tribunal for all war criminals;
(- to be continued)

1 kommentar:

  1. Med lite liknande logik skulle Kina inte vara medlem (eftersom dess stol ärvts av Folkrepubliken Kina, medan Republiken Kina (Taiwan) inte är accepterad), UK uteslutas om de förlorar Nord-Irland; Mexico, Venezuela, eller Colombia skulle kunna utmana USA på deras plats då de är Förenade stater i Amerika (Mexikos förenade stater och Venezuela hette fram till 1953 Estados Unidos de Venezuela, och så vidare).

    Men att utesluta Ryssland är onekligen en kreativ lösning. Gissningsvis skulle Kina motsätta sig en sådan modell då det skulle försvaga deras egen position, men om de bara hotar med att rösta för förslaget så skulle de kunna få Ryssland ur kriget. Å andra sidan skulle de om de verkligen försökte nog kunna få Ryssland att avluta äventyret ändå.