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UNGA: Passes resolution against Russia on Ukraine war; India made distance, said this on the powers of UN

Pankaj Prasad
United Nations General Assembly
United Nations General Assembly

141 members voted in favor of the motion while seven opposed it.

A resolution was passed in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) late on Thursday night Indian time amidst the ongoing attacks in Ukraine by Russia. The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution on the need to reach a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine.

32 countries including India-China made distance

141 members voted in favor of the motion while seven opposed it. At the same time, 32 members including China and India remained absent during the voting. The UNGA has passed a non-binding resolution. The resolution calls for an end to hostilities with Russia and the withdrawal of troops from Ukraine.

India distances itself from resolution underscoring need for just, lasting peace in Ukraine

India abstained from voting at the UNGA on a resolution underscoring the need to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine at the earliest in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter. The 193-member General Assembly adopted a draft resolution proposed by Ukraine and its supporters, titled 'Basis for a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine under the principles of the United Nations Charter'.

Ukraine put this demand in the proposal

The resolution called on member states and international organizations to redouble support for diplomatic efforts to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine in line with the Charter. Ukraine reaffirms its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, which extend to its maritime boundary. It also reiterated its demand that Russia as soon as possible completely and unconditionally withdraw all its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within the internationally recognized borders and called for a cessation of hostilities.

Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, several resolutions in the United Nations General Assembly, Security Council and Human Rights Council have condemned the aggression and reiterated Ukraine's commitment to sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity. has been underlined.

India concerned about the situation in Ukraine: Ruchira Kamboj

At the same time, India's Ambassador to the United Nations Ruchira Kamboj said that India is concerned about the situation in Ukraine. The conflict has resulted in the loss of countless lives and has left millions homeless. Attacks on civilian infrastructure are a cause for serious concern. Today the UNGA marked one year of the Ukrainian conflict. It is therefore important that we ask ourselves some relevant questions: are we any closer to a possible solution acceptable to both sides, can any process that does not involve either side ever lead to a credible solution? Can

Has the United Nations System and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) based on the world creation of 1945 become ineffective in addressing contemporary challenges to global peace and security? India follows the principles of the United Nations Charter, we always consider dialogue and diplomacy as the only way. We note the stated objectives of today's resolution, but we are constrained to abstain from it, given its limitations in reaching our goal of achieving a lasting peace.

India has stayed away from UN resolutions before

India has stayed away from UN resolutions on Ukraine and has consistently underlined the need to respect the UN Charter, international law and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states. New Delhi has also urged that all efforts be made for an immediate cessation of hostilities and an immediate return to the path of dialogue and diplomacy. In September last year, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, while addressing a high-level session of the United Nations General Assembly, said that India is in favor of peace-dialogue and diplomacy in this conflict. Jaishankar had said that we are on that side which shows dialogue and diplomacy as the only way. They said it was in the collective interest to work constructively within and outside the United Nations to find an early solution to this conflict.

India has also consistently underlined that the entire Global South has suffered 'significant collateral damage' from the conflict and that developing countries are bearing the brunt of the conflict's consequences on food, fuel and fertilizer supplies. Jaishankar had said that India is on the side of those who are struggling to make ends meet in the face of rising prices of food, fuel and fertilisers.

Calls for an immediate end to attacks on public establishments

The UNGA resolution called for an immediate end to attacks on Ukraine's critical infrastructure and deliberate attacks on public installations, including homes, schools and hospitals. The resolution calls upon all member states to wage war on food security, energy, finance, the environment, and nuclear safety and security.