15 Feb 2023 10:20

UN does not have mandate for now to investigate Nord Stream incidents - secretary-general's spokesman

NEW YORK, UN. Feb 15 (Interfax) - As of this moment, the United Nations does not have a mandate to investigate Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline explosions, spokesman for the UN secretary-general Stephane Dujarric said at a press briefing on Tuesday.

"For us to conduct any sort of investigation in anything [...] for which we don't already have a mandate, which we don't clearly in this, we would need some sort of a mandate from a UN legislative body," he said, without specifying where such a mandate might come from.

It was reported earlier that the State Duma would propose that the UN instantly launch an international investigation into the Nord Stream incident in the Baltic Sea. The respective draft resolution was published in the State Duma's legislative database on Tuesday.

The State Duma is expected to consider the draft at a meeting on February 16.