India and 34 countries abstain to vote at UNSC

India and 34 countries abstain to vote at UNSC

Team Ambitiousbaba are here with a Current Affairs Special Series. In this series, candidates will be introduced to current affairs topics daily, which will not only improve their general awareness but also will ensure that the candidates do not lack in any current affairs topic. Today’s Current Affairs topic is “India and 34 countries abstain to vote at UNSC

India refrained from voting on a UN General Assembly resolution that strongly lamented Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Indian is one of the 35 countries in the world that opt no vote at UNSC on the resolution against Russian aggression against Ukraine.

The 193-member General Assembly voted to recheck its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and bewails in the strongest terms” Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

What is the result of voting?

The resolution has been adopted with 141 votes in favour, five Member States voting against and 35 abstentions. The General Assembly broke into clapping as the resolution was adopted.

It is noted here that the resolution required a 2/3 in favour to be adopted in the General Assembly.

What is in resolution?

  • The resolution expressed strong disapproval of Russia’s decision to accelerate the readiness of its nuclear forces and regret strongly on the involvement of Belarus in this “unlawful use” of force against Ukraine, and calls upon it to stand by its international obligations.
  • The resolution recommends the immediate peaceful resolution of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine through political dialogue, negotiations, mediation and other peaceful means.
  • The procedural resolution was adopted although Moscow voted against it and the General Assembly then held a rare emergency special session on the Ukraine crisis.

While a UNSC resolution sentencing Russian invasion of Ukraine would have been legally binding and General Assembly resolutions are not, vote in the 193-member UN body is symbolic of world opinion on crisis and carry political weight as they represent the will of the entire UN membership.

Question & Answer:

Q1. UN General Assembly adopted resolution against which country?

Ans. Russia

Q2. How many countries are voted not in favour on the resolution?

Ans. 5

Q3. Who is the current chairperson of UN General Assembly?

Ans. Abdulla Shahid

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