“The first is that even the most seemingly intractable differences can be resolved at the negotiating table. The second is that even as talks may collapse, they can and do resume, as was the case in our own negotiating process. And that even when it seems the parties cannot see eye to eye, breakthroughs can and do happen.
“That we continue to support the call for negotiation and dialogue does not render our commitment to human rights any less.”
The president expressed dismay at the UN’s inability to discharge its responsibility of maintaining peace and security. This, according to Ramaphosa, gave motivation for the UN Security Council’s reforms to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
“The UN Charter enjoins member states to settle their disputes by peaceful means in the first instance, stating explicitly that parties to any dispute should first seek a solution by negotiation, enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration and similar mechanisms. Since the outbreak of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, SA’s position has been to affirm this call.”