The United Nations Organization General Assembly affirms Ukraine's territorial integrity and calls the referendum that led to Russia's annexation of its Crimean Peninsula illegal.
The vote on the Ukraine-sponsored resolution A/68/L.39 Ukraine's Territorial Integrity was 100 countries in favor, 11 opposed and 58 abstentions at the U.N. General Assembly emergency meeting.
Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Andrii Deschytsia presented the resolution at the start of the meeting.
After the presentation representative of all countries could express their positions towards the resolution and situation in Ukraine, and also to substantiate their decision to support or not this resolution.
The U.N. General Assembly affirms its commitment to the sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders;
Calls upon all States to desist and refrain from actions aimed at the partial or total disruption of the national unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including any attempts to modify Ukraine's borders through the threat or use of force or other unlawful means;
Urges all parties to pursue immediately the peaceful resolution of the situation with respect to Ukraine through direct political dialogue, to exercise restraint, to refrain from unilateral actions and inflammatory rhetoric that may increase tensions, and to engage fully with international mediation efforts;
Welcomes the efforts of the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and other international and regional organizations to assist Ukraine in protecting the rights of all persons in Ukraine, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities;
Underscores that the referendum held in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on 16 March 2014, having no validity, cannot form the basis for any alteration of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea or of the city of Sevastopol;
Calls upon all States, international organizations and specialized agencies not to recognize any alteration of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on the basis of the above-mentioned referendum and to refrain from any action or dealing that might be interpreted as recognizing any such altered status.
The Assembly consists of 193 member-countries.
As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Ukraine expected the U.N. General Assembly to affirm its territorial integrity.