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Sri Lanka abstained in the UN General Assembly on a draft resolution calling for Russia to be held accountable for violations of international law by its invasion of Ukraine and requiring Moscow to pay reparations to Kyiv for damages, loss and injury resulting from the war.

The draft resolution, 'Furtherance of remedy and reparation for aggression against Ukraine', introduced by Ukraine was adopted Monday in the 193-member UN General Assembly by a recorded vote of 94 in favour, 14 against and 73 abstentions, including by India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Those voting against the resolution were Belarus, China, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Russia and Syria.

India, in its explanation of vote after the draft was adopted, questioned whether a reparation process would contribute towards efforts at resolving the conflict and cautioned against precedents being set through such resolutions.

The resolution, co-sponsored by nearly 50 nations, recognized that Russia "must be held to account for any violations of international law in or against Ukraine, including its aggression in violation of the Charter of the United Nations, as well as any violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and that it must bear the legal consequences of all of its internationally wrongful acts, including making reparation for the injury, including any damage, caused by such acts."


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  • Sunil Tuesday, 15 November 2022 05:12 PM

    Sri Lanka has lost her conscience as it is so heavily dependent of Russia.

    Punchi Tuesday, 15 November 2022 05:30 PM

    So disappointing that we abstained and not voted against the resolution when Russia was one of the few countries that sided with us at the UNHRC. It shows that we are fair weather friends

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Tuesday, 15 November 2022 06:20 PM

    Of course Russia is responsible for the war resulting in deaths of women, children, destruction to infrastructure, almost taking the world to the brink of a necular war. Sri Lanka always depends on all countries for aid, compelled to abstain.

    DOT Tuesday, 15 November 2022 06:42 PM

    Why Not support Russia ? She is a genuine friend!

    Kees Janssen Tuesday, 15 November 2022 06:48 PM

    Incomprehensible

    Kps Tuesday, 15 November 2022 06:50 PM

    Justice and peace doesn’t exist in the world anymore. No one to argue about it too.

    Sudda Tuesday, 15 November 2022 07:19 PM

    Very disappointing but what to expect from uneducated, corrupt Sri Lankan so-called diplomats. The government is creeping for any country if there is a possibility of gain. Sri Lanka’s best friends are countries with inhumane regimes run by dictators.

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Tuesday, 15 November 2022 08:11 PM

    SriLanka has no choice, beggars are not choosers, we need all nations to help us at this critical economic downturn , like it or not, we have to reluctantly say yes to big powers, poor SriLanka.

    Shan Tuesday, 15 November 2022 08:15 PM

    Kissing the arse of Russia to get some tourist on Areflot ? Sri lankan corrupt politicians never learn, no dignity for Sri Lankans.

    Foreigner Tuesday, 15 November 2022 08:37 PM

    Didn’t Ukraine airforce pilots help Sri Lankan government to bomb its own citizens in the North and East of Sri Lanka ?

    joshua Tuesday, 15 November 2022 08:38 PM

    we are right royal beggars. Therefore, we cannot support anything as beggars we will be sidelined. Thanks to the Rajapakshas and cronies that the country has been drawn to the drains

    Prof: Vanderveldt Tuesday, 15 November 2022 08:55 PM

    What else would you expect from a government of low class gutter crawling scum ?

    UN made irrelevant by the Iraq Invasion Tuesday, 15 November 2022 11:23 PM

    The UN’s decline: Timeline. The Anglo-US war on Iraq and the subsequent occupation has raised many questions. And some of the key ones concern the United Nations. Has its failure to halt the US’s quest for war in Iraq effectively made the world body irrelevant? Is international law now the weakest link in the unfolding crisis in occupied Iraq? Who defines the UN’s course of action, its power and scope?. The following timeline is a review of some of the momentous events that shaped the UN’s role in the invasion, occupation and reconstruction of Iraq. AlJazeera News. Was the UN made irrelevant by the Iraq crisis and war? Iraq war was Illegal and breached UN charter, says Annan.

    No to UNHRC Wednesday, 16 November 2022 02:25 AM

    Russia supports us against interference from other countries which want to move us away from our culture.

    Mahila Wednesday, 16 November 2022 02:28 AM

    Part and Parcel of Criminal gang!!?? What else expected???

    Mahila Wednesday, 16 November 2022 02:31 AM

    Petrol, Diesel, Crude Oil, more valuable now than Moral right!!!!???

    Lumbini Wednesday, 16 November 2022 04:46 AM

    Why India is so scared about the resolution?

    Asoka Mathew Wednesday, 16 November 2022 05:28 AM

    Sri Lanka has always backed a looser

    Yoshana Wednesday, 16 November 2022 06:18 AM

    These voting mechanisms and adoptations in the UN amount to nothing, waste of valuable money and resources.

    Sambo Wednesday, 16 November 2022 07:04 AM

    Birds of feather flock together and support each other.

    Lokka Wednesday, 16 November 2022 07:40 AM

    Why not such resolutions adopted when Iraq and Libya were invaded by the so called western Democracies. This shows that the U.N. is a puppet of the Western powers.

    Nadi Karunaratne Wednesday, 16 November 2022 09:12 AM

    If I enter your house and trash it for no good reason then not unreasonable to make me pay for the damage. Except Sri Lanka can't decide or would prefer not to stay whether it is on the side of the aggressor or the victim. Silence is complicity. The lion nation has misplaced its backbone.

    Sokrates Wednesday, 16 November 2022 09:22 AM

    It is known worldwide that most Sri Lankans, at least Sinhalese, are cowards without a backbone. As a non-aligned country, it would have been Sri Lanka's task to condemn Russia.

    Jef Wednesday, 16 November 2022 09:26 AM

    I think the system need change some countries are so corrupt and have no respect from devolop countries or the UN breach all important issues in democracy We'll balance team with neutral officials must participate in world important issues To perform judgments ...also some poor nation's must be taken off due to poverty poor economy financial stress etc will reflect from surpotive nations

    kamal Wednesday, 16 November 2022 02:32 PM

    SL should have supported the resolution, Ukraine supplied us with arms to fight LTTE


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