On Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sent a letter of thanks to the countries that voted in favor of the United Nations’ condemnation of Russia’s annexation of four regions of Ukraine, including Morocco.
Today, on his Twitter account, Zelensky said: “Thank you to the 143 countries that supported the historic resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on the territorial integrity of Ukraine: uphold the principles of the United Nations Charter. The world has spoken: Russia’s attempt to annex Ukrainian lands is null and void and will never be recognized by free nations.”
On Wednesday, Morocco voted in favor of the United Nations condemning Russia’s annexation of four regions of Ukraine, at a time when it distanced itself in the corridors of the United Nations from the Russian-Ukrainian conflict by abstaining from the vote.
Yesterday, Wednesday, the members of the United Nations General Assembly approved, by a majority of 143 in favor, a draft resolution presented by Albania, Ukraine and other countries to “condemn the alleged organization of referendums by Russia in areas located within the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine, and its attempt to illegally annex the Ukrainian regions of Kherson, Donetsk, Zaporizhia and Luhansk.”
Five countries opposed the draft resolution, including Russia and Syria, while 35 countries, including China, India, South Africa, Pakistan and Algeria, abstained.
According to the text of the adopted resolution, Russian actions in this context “are not valid under international law and do not constitute the basis for any change in the status of these Ukrainian regions.”
The resolution calls on the Russian Federation to “immediately and unconditionally retract its decisions in this regard” and “immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all its military forces from the territory of Ukraine located within its internationally recognized borders.”
Last March, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in a move described by the international media as “historic.” Morocco was absent from the voting session, in a position described as “positive neutrality” of the Kingdom. regarding the conflict.
The Moroccan Foreign Ministry chose not to attend the aforementioned session, in a behavior that was plagued by numerous questions, and as material for political and strategic analysis. The Kingdom’s Foreign Ministry said its decision is consistent with its opposition to compromising the territorial integrity of United Nations member states, such as its policy against the use of force in international dispute resolution.