By Shabbir Hussain
ISLAMABAD, Mar 01 ( Alliance News): The heads of several diplomatic missions in Pakistan, including France and Germany, have urged Islamabad to condemn Russia’s armed hostility against Ukraine at a special session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
In a joint letter to Pakistan, the envoys reminded that a draft resolution was tabled in the UN Security Council on February 25, which was vetoed by Russia, with China, India and the UAE voting on the resolution. While 11 countries voted in favor.
The envoys said the resolution also called on Russia to immediately withdraw its troops “unconditionally and completely.”
The heads of diplomatic missions added that Russia had unprovokedly attacked and invaded its peaceful neighbor, which was not a threat to it, document posted on the social media account of France Embassy Pakistan.
Envoys stressed that in such a dire situation, the international community must work in solidarity and support and uphold the rule of law.
The letter said that a special emergency meeting of the UN General Assembly is now taking place in which a vote is expected to be taken on a resolution to stop Russia from aggression.
“As Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Pakistan, we urge Pakistan to support and uphold the fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter and its international law, in addition to condemning Russia’s actions,” the letter said.
پاکستان میں یورپی یونین کے 22 ممالک کے نمائندوں نے ایک پریس ریلیز جاری کی ہے جس میں یوکرین میں اقوام متحدہ کے چارٹر اور بین الاقوامی قوانین کے اصولوں کی پاسداری رکھنے کی حمایت کی گئی ہے ۔ مزید تفصیلات کے لئے 👇 ملاحظہ کریں https://t.co/PrTP9hoYWe
— France in Pakistan 🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@FranceinPak) March 1, 2022
In addition to trips to Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands, Japan, Norway and Switzerland, EU delegation to Pakistan The head of the party also signed.
Among the signatories were the High Commissioners of the United Kingdom and Canada, and the Charg d’Affaires of the Australian Embassy.
Foreign envoys reiterated the statement of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that the UN Charter had been challenged in the past but stood firm for peace, security, development, justice, international law and human rights.
#UNGA observes a minute of silence during Emergency Special Session on Ukraine.
— United Nations (@UN) February 28, 2022
The statement added that the international community must do everything possible to ensure that these values prevail in Ukraine and in the world of humanity.
In the letter, the envoys said: “We regret the loss of human lives and human suffering as innocent civilians are being targeted and large numbers of women and children continue to be evacuated to neighboring Ukraine, a free and independent country. As well as the state, it is also a member of the United Nations.
The letter went on to say that this was unacceptable in Europe as well as around the world.
The organizers of the summit hope that more than 100 votes will be cast in favor of the resolution, with the exception of countries such as Syria, China, Cuba and India which will vote for Russia or remain neutral.