More than 100 countries, including India, asked Ukraine to allow President Volodymyr Zelensky to address the high-level session of the United Nations General Assembly next week through a pre-recorded statement on the need to deal with the war after Russia’s invasion. Voted in favour.
The 193-member General Assembly on Friday voted via a video statement on the decision to allow Zelensky to address world leaders at a high-level general debate. The decision was adopted with 101 votes in favour, seven against and 19 votes including Belarus, Cuba, Eritrea, Russia and Syria.
India was among 101 countries that voted in favor of the draft decision.
The document that was approved expressed concern that leaders of “peace-loving” UN sovereign nations could not personally participate “for reasons beyond their control due to ongoing foreign aggression, aggression, military hostilities”. who do not permit the safe departure and return of “their country, or the need to discharge their national defense and security duties and functions.” The document allows Zelensky to submit pre-recorded statements to be played in the General Assembly Hall. It emphasizes that it will not set a precedent for future high-level assembly meetings.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual meeting of world leaders at the General Assembly was virtual in 2020 and hybrid in 2021. But this year the assembly decided that all speeches should be in person.
An amendment introduced by Belarus to replace “Ukraine” with “any member or observer state facing the situation described above” was not adopted as it received only 23 votes in favour, 67 against and 27 abstentions. Were.
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