UN Committee adopts resolution on disarmament proposed by Russia

The document was supported by 174 countries, including the US, but five countries - Colombia, Georgia, Palau, Sudan and Ukraine – abstained
09:47, 7 November 2019

The first UN Committee on Disarmament and International Security voted virtually unanimously in favor of the resolution on strengthening and developing a system of treaties and agreements on arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation proposed by Russia. It was reported by Interfax.

In the document, UN member states ask the secretary-general of the organization "to continue providing such assistance as may be necessary to safeguard the integrity of arms-control agreements and non-proliferation treaties, and to strengthen the system of such treaties and agreements".

Russia, China, Syria, Belarus, Angola, Bolivia, Burundi, Venezuela, Cambodia, Cuba, Nicaragua have been working on the resolution, and have been supported by 174 countries, including the United States. Five countries - Colombia, Georgia, Palau, Sudan, and Ukraine - abstained. No country has opposed the resolution.

Related: UN states violation of Geneva Conventions in Crimea due to Russia’s attempts to change demography

The adopted resolution will be discussed later in December, at a plenary session of the UN General Assembly.

As we reported earlier, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated in his report on human rights in occupied Crimea that Russia violates Geneva Conventions trying to change the demography on the peninsula as Ukrinform reported citing Ukraine’s Representative to UN Volodymyr Yelchenko.

“According to the report, the Russian Federation encourages the displacement of its own population to the peninsula and it is the direct violation of Geneva Conventions and a clear indication of the attempts to change the demographic structure of Crimea,” Yelchenko stated.

Related: International Court of Justice to voice decision on lawsuit on Russia's financing terrorism in Donbas

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