UNGA resolution on Ukraine lacks impartiality: Iranian envoy – Politics News

Most of the world’s nations voted in favor of the UN resolution demanding that Russia ‘immediately, completely and unconditionally’ withdraw its military forces from Ukraine, in a rare emergency session of the Assembly General of the United Nations on Wednesday.

In comments after the vote, Iran’s UN envoy Majid Takht Ravanchi said: “The Islamic Republic of Iran is following the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine with deep concern.

“We reiterate our principled position regarding the need for the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law and stress the need for full respect by all parties for the well-established provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, international law, including the IHL. We emphasize that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all States must be fully respected and that the safety and security of all civilians must be guaranteed,” he said in a speech at the eleventh special session of United Nations General Assembly emergency on Ukraine.

“In order to find lasting and long-term solutions to these crises, it is necessary to address their root causes. We note that the current complexities in the fragile region of Eastern Europe have been exacerbated by the provocative actions and decisions of the United States and NATO. Russia’s security concerns must be respected,” the Iranian ambassador added.

“Wars and destruction inflicted on civilian lives and infrastructure are not acceptable anywhere. The Islamic Republic of Iran calls for the urgent cessation of hostilities and the de-escalation of tensions in the current conflict. In this regard, Iran emphasizes the essential nature of dialogue to resolve issues of concern to all parties and lead to lasting results,” he noted.

“The UN must always avoid double standards, especially when considering issues related to the maintenance of international peace and security. It is regrettable to note that the United Nations, in particular the Security Council, has sometimes neglected this principle which has undermined its credibility. An example of this is the Security Council’s handling of the conflict in Yemen,” added Takht Ravanchi.

“We believe that the current text of the resolution before the General Assembly lacks impartiality and realistic mechanisms to resolve the crisis through peaceful means. Furthermore, not all UN member states have had the opportunity to engage in negotiations on the text of the resolution,” he said.

“It should be emphasized that the General Assembly is not in a position to determine the existence of an act of aggression because, in addition to Article 39 of the Charter, GA resolution 3314 of 14 December 1974 asks the Security Council to determine the existence of an act of aggression,” the Iranian diplomat said.

“Furthermore, the convening of the emergency special session on the basis of General Assembly resolution 377 A(V) should not be seen as the end of the dialogue,” he said.

“My government continues to call for a comprehensive, peaceful and lasting resolution to the current conflict, including an immediate ceasefire and the start of dialogue as well as the provision of humanitarian assistance to those in need. For the above reasons, my delegation abstained in the vote on this draft resolution,” he concluded.

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