General Assembly reiterates the world body’s March 2 demand for Russia to stop its military offensive in Ukraine.
A French-Mexican draft resolution expected to be considered this week by the 193-nation UN General Assembly reiterates the world body’s March 2 demand for Russia to stop its military offensive in Ukraine and withdraw all its troops. It also demands the protection of all civilians and infrastructure indispensable to their survival.
The draft, obtained Monday by the media, says the "dire humanitarian consequences” of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine "are on a scale that the international community has not seen in Europe in decades.” It deplores Russia’s shelling, airstrikes and besiegement of densely populated cities, particularly the southern city of Mariupol.
It deplores Russia’s shelling, airstrikes and besiegement of densely populated cities.
A rival South African draft resolution circulated later Monday and also obtained by AP makes no mention of Russia. Instead, it calls for "an immediate cessation of hostilities” as a first step in ameliorating the humanitarian situation, refers to "all parties,” and encourages "political dialogue, negotiations, mediation and other peaceful means aimed at achieving lasting peace.”
The proposed South African resolution would recognise "the autonomy of humanitarian objectives from the political, economic, military or other objectives that any actor may hold with regard to areas where humanitarian action is being implemented.” It would also demand protection for civilians and infrastructure indispensable to their survival, and "civilian infrastructure that is critical to enable the delivery of essential services in armed conflict.”
The General Assembly is expected to meet and vote on Wednesday on the French-Mexican resolution at Ukraine’s request, assembly spokesperson Paulina Kubiak said Monday night.
France and Mexico decided to seek a humanitarian resolution in the General Assembly after negotiating a similar resolution citing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for two weeks in the Security Council, where Russia made clear it would veto the measure.
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