<<At its resumed eleventh emergency special session, the world body adopted
a new resolution calling for an end to the war, only hours before the
conflict enters its second year on Friday.
The results were 141 Member States in favour and seven against - Belarus,
the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Eritrea, Mali, Nicaragua, Russia
and Syria. Among the 32 abstentions were China, India and Pakistan.
By the terms of the 11-paragraph resolution, the Assembly reiterated its
demand that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw
all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine and called for a
cessation of hostilities”.
The resumed session had met on Wednesday to begin debating the resolution,
with the General Assembly President, Csaba Kőrösi, saying that for a full
year, the 193-member Assembly, the Secretary-General, and the international
community “have been consistent and vocal in our calls to end this war, and
to adhere to the UN Charter and international law”.
The Assembly also reaffirmed its commitment to the sovereignty,
independence, unity, and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its
internationally recognized borders, extending to its territorial waters.
The resolution also emphasized the need to ensure accountability for the
most serious crimes under international law committed in Ukraine through
independent national or international investigations and prosecutions to
ensure justice for all victims and the prevention of future crimes.
The world body on Thursday also rejected two amendments proposed by
Belarus. The first proposal would have altered several of the resolution’s
provisions, and the second would have had the Assembly call on Member
States to, among other things, refrain from sending weapons to the zone of
(Excerpted from: <https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/02/1133847>.)
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