Russia-Ukraine war: Pakistan abstains from UN vote, calls for de-escalation

Pakistan’s United Nations ambassador said Wednesday the country is “deeply concerned” by the war in Ukraine, despite abstaining from a UN General Assembly vote condemning Russia’s invasion.

On Wednesday, the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with 141 nations voting in favor, five nations against and 35 countries abstaining, including Pakistan, India and China.

“Pakistan remains deeply concerned at the recent turn of events,” which “reflects a failure of diplomacy,” Ambassador Munir Akram said in a statement.

Pakistan has “repeatedly stressed the need for de-escalation, renewed negotiations, sustained dialogue, and continuous diplomacy,” and that “all efforts must be made to avoid further escalation of violence and loss of life as well as military, political and economic tensions which can pose an unprecedented threat to international peace and security and global economic stability,” he added.

Most of the world’s nations have voted in favour of a United Nations resolution demanding that Russia “immediately, completely and unconditionally” withdraw its military forces from Ukraine, in a powerful rebuke of Moscow’s invasion of its neighbour.

Five – Eritrea, North Korea, Syria, Belarus and of course Russia – voted against it.

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