Paul Climbingto: Alexander Scherbak / TASS
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said that the Russian language has no more serious weight in the system of international relations. This view he expressed in his post on Facebook, commenting on past UN security Council session on the Ukrainian language law.
At this thought Klimkin brought the fact that Russia’s representative at the meeting, speaks in Russian. However, said the Ukrainian Minister, he does not see “a decisive role of the Russian language in the architecture of international relations.” “Than, say, Russian is still so important? Why not, say, Polish, German or perhaps Hindi?” asked Klimkin.
According to him, the UN, and including a language organization system requires reform. Alternatively, he proposed to make the official language of the organization of Ukrainian because “Ukraine is also the founder.” As evidence that his words can become reality, he cited the example of a successful flashmob in Kiev the Ministry of foreign Affairs #KyivNotKiev, after which countries began to change the rules of transliteration of names of Ukrainian cities.
On Tuesday, July 16, in new York at Russia’s initiative, a meeting of the UN Security Council, which was devoted to Ukrainian language law. During the meeting, the Deputy Secretary General of the UN rosemary Di Carlo expressed concern about the adoption in Ukraine of the act and urged Kiev to respect the linguistic rights of national minorities.
The law “On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state” entered into force on 16 July. The document stipulates that the Ukrainian language is compulsory for public authorities and local governments, educational institutions, hospitals and service sectors. On it are obliged to speak in court, the army, law enforcement, advertising, during election campaigns and referendums.
The UN has six official languages: Arabic, English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and French. The German language has a special status of “language of proceedings”. While the UN Secretariat as working uses only two languages — English and French.
At the end of 2018, the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine has launched a flash mob #KyivNotKiev, urging foreign States to officially change the spelling of Ukrainian cities in the English language. As a result, the US Council on geographical names decided to change the rule by writing the name of the capital of Ukraine in the international database.
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