The Belarusian delegation in the UN tried to sabotage the agenda of the UN Third Committee council for today. Emine Jeparova, Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Information Policy posted this on her Facebook account.
The UN Third Committee, which focuses on human rights-related issues, has considered four questions on its session on November 15 – about Syria, North Korea, Iran and Crimea. During the session, the Belarusian delegation offered to vote for no action motion; that is, none of the four issues would be considered, and no decisions would be made.
Jeparova wrote she was sure that it was due to the ‘will of Belarusian officials to block the voting on the Crimean issue’.
Russia supported Belarus in this issue, decisively opposing the fact that issues of human rights violations have been discussed within the UN Third Committee.
The Belarusian initiative did not work: 101 country voted against it, 37 abstained, 32 voted ‘yes’.