Considering the recent developments in Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the United Nations Security Council has called for a rare emergency special session of the 193-member General Assembly on Monday. A UNGA Emergency Special Session is held for the first time since 1982.
The resolution was adopted with 11 votes in favour, paving the way for the General Assembly to meet on the crisis as soon as Monday. India, China and the UAE abstained, while Russia voted against the resolution. This will be only the 11th such emergency session of the General Assembly since 1950.
The 15-nation Security Council met on Sunday afternoon to hold the vote on the emergency special session of the 193-member General Assembly on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This comes two days after the Russian veto blocked a UNSC resolution on its “aggression” against Ukraine.
In its explanation of the vote, India maintained its partially critical stance on Russia it had taken in Friday’s UNSC meeting. However, focusing on principles and without naming Russia, India emphasised the importance of a return to the diplomatic path, and flagged the importance of the safety of its nationals and the need to ensure smooth cross-border movement as a humanitarian necessity.
(With inputs from agencies)