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Statement by the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain to the United Nations, at the Security Council Meeting on Protecting civilians in the context of peacekeeping operations 2016                                              
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0 June 2016

"Finally, I recall that sovereignty not only gives a State the right to control its own affairs, but also confers the primary responsibility to protect the population within its borders. We cannot remain indifferent to the suffering of thousands of the world’s citizens. In the face of their pain, inaction is not an option. Peacekeeping operations with a mandate to protect civilians are the best tool we have to strengthen the necessary implementation of the responsibility to protect. I refer specifically to its second pillar, that is, providing States with the crucial assistance they need to meet their primary responsibility for protecting their populations."

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