UN / UKRAINE GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION

12-Oct-2022 00:03:02
The UN General Assembly passed a resolution by a large majority on Wednesday, calling on countries not to recognise the four regions of Ukraine which Russia has claimed, following so-called referendums held late last month, and demanding that Moscow reverse course on its "attempted illegal annexation". UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / UKRAINE GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION
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DATELINE: 12 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters
12 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, General Assembly Member States voting
3. Various shots, screen showing results
4. Various shots, General Assembly
5. Wide shot, ambassadors approaching General Assembly stakeout
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ukraine:
“I think we just witnessed, perhaps I’d even say a historic moment, in the General Assembly in the 21st century. 143 votes is amazing. What’s not amazing, what is very bad for Russia, is that only four countries are on the wrong side of history.”
7. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States of America:
“Today is a monumental day. Sergey described it as historic. It's historic as well. We just saw 143 countries affirm the fundamental principles of the UN Charter. You saw these countries stand up for territorial integrity. They stood up for sovereignty. And you saw these countries stand up for this institution. After Russia's sham referenda and attempted illegal annexations you saw very few countries stay in their corner in fact, that was only five.”
9. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Olof Skoog, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations:
“It's a resounding message that speaks to the world. Russia has tried to silence the Security Council. They have not been able to silence the international community nor the General Assembly nor the United Nations.”
11. Wide shot, ambassadors leaving
STORYLINE
The UN General Assembly passed a resolution by a large majority on Wednesday, calling on countries not to recognise the four regions of Ukraine which Russia has claimed, following so-called referendums held late last month, and demanding that Moscow reverse course on its "attempted illegal annexation".

The results were 143 Member States in favour, with five voting against -Russia, Belarus, North Korea, Syria and Nicaragua-, and 35 abstentions.

The resolution “defending the principles” of the UN Charter, notes that the regions of Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia are temporarily occupied by Russia as a result of aggression, violating Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence.

The General Assembly automatically took up the resolution for debate, triggered by Russia’s use of the veto in the Security Council over it’s attempted annexation.

The resolution now passed in the Assembly, calls on all States, the UN and international organisations not to recognize any of Russia’s annexation claim and demands the immediate reversal of its annexation declaration.

The resolution welcomes and “expresses its strong support” for the continued efforts by the Secretary-General and Member States, to de-escalate the current situation in search of peace through dialogue, negotiation and mediation.

Speaking to reporters after the vote of the General Assembly, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine,
called the meeting “a historic moment”.

Sergiy Kyslytsya said that “143 votes is amazing” and that for Russia “is very bad” that “only four countries are on the wrong side of history.”

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States Permanent Representative, said “today is a monumental day.”

She added, “We just saw 143 countries affirm the fundamental principles of the UN Charter. You saw these countries stand up for territorial integrity. They stood up for sovereignty. And you saw these countries stand up for this institution. After Russia's sham referenda and attempted illegal annexations, you saw very few countries stay in their corner in fact, that was only five.”

The Head of the Delegation of the European Union, Olof Skoog, also addressed journalists, saying the General Assembly sent “a resounding message that speaks to the world.”

“Russia has tried to silence the Security Council. They have not been able to silence the international community nor the General Assembly nor the United Nations,” added Skoog.

The debate over the Ukrainian resolution began on Monday, with the General Assembly President Csaba Kőrösi telling the world’s most representative deliberative body that the UN Charter, the Secretary-General, and the Assembly itself had been clear – Russia’s invasion, and attempted annexation of Ukrainian territory by force, “is illegal”.
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