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20 Dec 2017

Belarus’ vote on UN Ukrainian resolution explained

MINSK, 21 December (BelTA) - Belarus has always voted against any country-specific resolutions, Andrei Shuplyak, the deputy head of the information department at the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told BelTA when asked to comment on the statements of some Ukrainian politicians on Belarus’ vote in the UN General Assembly on the Ukrainian resolution.

“Indeed, we voted against this resolution. Belarus has always voted against any country-specific resolutions. This is our principled position. From our own experience we know what the attempts at artificial politicization, exaggeration of the problems that do not exist in the society and the state mean,” Andrei Shuplyak said.

“Moreover, we believe that the UN General Assembly is not the place for discussion and adoption of such country-specific documents. Once we proposed to withdraw the entire package of country-specific resolutions altogether from voting in the UN. Unfortunately, that proposal did not pass, and on top of that we were ostracized by some of the world's power players,” Andrei Shuplyak noted.

He stressed that the vote against country-specific resolutions does not mean that Belarus is insensitive to the concerns of their initiators. “Our vote against this instrument is an attempt to draw attention to not only its inefficiency but its destructiveness. Without a persistent search for the ways and opportunities for rapprochement of positions, outside the framework of accusatory resolutions, we will not find solutions to the existing problems,” Andrei Shuplyak noted.


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