Egypt says vote for UNGA's Ukraine resolution in line with 'deep commitment' to UN charter

Ahram Online , Friday 24 Feb 2023

Egypt asserted that its vote for a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) calling for Russia to end hostilities in Ukraine came in accordance with its "deep commitment" to the UN charter rejecting the use of force in international relations.

Head of the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the UN in New York Ambassador Osama Abdel-Khalek (Photo: Al-Ahram)


In a statement issued on Thursday, Head of the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the UN in New York Ambassador Osama Abdel-Khalek explained: “Today's vote coincided with the one-year anniversary of the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis, whose humanitarian and economic consequences extended to everyone - not only the conflicting parties - as developing countries in particular, including Egypt, are still suffering directly from the continuation of this crisis."

Ambassador Abdel-Khalek stressed that the crisis affected developing countries’ economies sharply due to the negative consequences on food and energy security as well as the disruption of supply chains.

Abdel-Khalek said that the international community "regrettably" continues to be reluctant in dealing seriously with the economic and social challenges caused by the crisis in developing countries.

“Egypt reaffirms the need to act immediately to settle the Ukrainian crisis at the nearest opportunity and recalls the sincere appeal made by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi at the opening of the COP27 Climate Change Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh to stop the Ukrainian war and discuss ways to settle it immediately,” he stressed.

Egypt was hoping that the resolution adopted on Thursday would put forward mechanisms to settle the crisis and start serious, comprehensive and unconditional consultations, Abdel-Khalek added.

He stressed in the statement on the need to address the roots of the crisis in a way that ensures a response to the security concerns of all parties involved and ensures their national security in an equal, fair and sustainable manner.

Egypt also urges all direct and indirect parties to refrain from escalation or taking any measures that could prolong and worsen the crisis for the sake of stopping the human suffering on the ground in the field of conflict, read the statement.

In addition, the statement continued, Egypt calls for an end to the crisis' humanitarian impact that has affected innocent people on continents thousands of miles away from the conflict.

Egypt expresses its hope that the current crisis should remind everyone in the international community of the need to stop double standards in dealing with identical crises in accordance with international law, read the statement.

Egypt stresses that double standards will ultimately lead only to the erosion of international law and the collapse of the entire system of international legitimacy, the statement concluded.

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