There is no peace without law - Polish President

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There is no peace without law, Polish President Andrzej Duda said during an open debate at the UN seat in New York on Thursday. The debate focuses on the role of international law in maintaining international peace and security.

"We want to stress that there is no peace without law. International law remains the strongest tool for civilised nations to ensure lasting peace - peace based on trust and mutually respected norms and values," the Polish head of state told the UN Security Council.

The president said that the paradox of the modern world is the fact that on the one hand, "there is a broad system of international law and institutional architecture, which is to protect it - this is the UN system with international courts and tribunals - and on the other hand, the temptation to place force above law and fear above trust, remains present all over the world."

The Polish president stressed that the debate regarding international law and its importance would not be possible without coherent definitions of fundamental law categories, especially in the context of current challenges to peace.

The debate has been prepared by Poland in connection with the country taking over the presidency of the United Nations Security Council on May 1.