President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that all the international community's efforts to address the problem of refugees will be in vain if we will not address the root causes of the problem, which are the external aggression and violation of international law. The president said it on Monday, September 19, during the UN summit on refugees and migrants being held in New York, Deutsche Welle reports .
"We can not turn a blind eye to Russian bombing of civilian targets in Syrian Aleppo or Ukrainian Donbass", — Poroshenko said and stressed the need for placing the responsibility on the state, which violates international law and fundamental freedoms, so that the civilian population is forced to leave their homes.
"It is necessary to develop such an international accountability mechanism, as well as international framework of obligations to protect the rights of internally displaced persons as soon as possible", — the president said, did not specifing what kind of the mechanism should it be.
According to Poroshenko, the Russian military aggression forced near 1.8 million Ukrainians to become internally displaced persons.
In addition, the President of Ukraine considers it necessary to restore the position of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on internally displaced persons.
Earlier, on September 19 at the UN summit on refugees and migrants 193 countries approved a declaration on the protection of refugees. It urged states to provide a more humane and coordinated response on acute migration crisis in the world. The declaration, however, is not binding.