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To the Participants of the CD informal session Dedicated to the 110th Anniversary of the Second Hague Peace Conference

I would like to extend my warm greetings to the participants of the CD thematic meeting dedicated to the anniversary of the Second Hague Peace Conference. The Hague Conference, convened in 1907 on the initiative of Russia with representatives of 44 States in attendance, made an invaluable contribution to the establishment of the modern system of international law. Thanks to the willingness to reach compromise the diplomats managed to carry out a large-scale codification of the laws and customs of war. The resulting documents of the Conference became the first attempt to restrict the right to war, an important step towards securing a principle of peaceful settlement of disputes in international law. With the exception of one Convention, all of them are still in force and play a significant role in the contemporary interaction between States. As 110 years ago, Russia remains deeply committed to the course of developing viable and efficient multilateral agreements, including those in the field of arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation. In recent years together with the like-minded States we came up with a variety of initiatives aimed at preventing an arms race in outer space, strengthening the regime of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, elaborating an international convention on the suppression of acts of chemical and biological terrorism. We note with satisfaction that they are enjoying wide international support.

The book of condolences will be opened at the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation

The Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva presents its compliments to the United Nations Office, other International Organizations and all Permanent Missions in Geneva and has the honor to inform with great sorrow about the tragic death of H.E. Mr. Andrey Karlov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Turkey, following the terrorist attack on December 19 in Ankara.

Comment by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov in Ankara, Moscow, December 19, 2016

This is a terrible tragedy. We are grateful to the Russians who have brought flowers at this time of night. I have received many telephone calls and internet messages. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova has also received numerous messages of condolence from Russians and requests to convey their sincere condolences to the family on the heinous murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov. President of Russia Vladimir Putin has just had a telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish leader telephoned to express his heartfelt condolences on this tragedy. The presidents have agreed to conduct a joint investigation into this barbaric crime. A special investigative group will go to Turkey tomorrow to join their Turkish colleagues in investigating this crime. Our main goal is to learn who stands behind this crime. As President Putin said in a telephone conversation with President Erdogan and in his televised address, we are convinced that the main objective of those who organised this barbaric crime is to hinder the normalisation of relations between Russia and Turkey in order to undermine the effective struggle against terrorism in Syria. It is a futile attempt that will not succeed.

On signing of an Agreement with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

On November 29, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, Alexey Borodavkin and UN Assistant Secretary-General, Executive Director of the UNITAR Nikhil Seth signed an Agreement on funding the Institute’s budget by the Russian Federation’s voluntary contribution in the amount of 200 000 US dollars annually for the period from 2016 to 2020. UNITAR was established in 1965 as an autonomous United Nations body for the purpose of enhancing the effectiveness of the Organization by the relevant staff training in the spheres of multilateral diplomacy and international cooperation and conducting scientific research. The Russian contribution will be used to organize with the participation of UNITAR the international training courses to deepen the skills of government officials from CIS and other countries at the MGIMO-University MFA Russia. After the signing ceremony an informal exchange of views took place between the Russian diplomats and UNITAR representatives during which the commitment for further constructive cooperation between the Russian Federation and the leading educational United Nations institution has been reaffirmed.