UN General Assembly to consider two resolutions related to Crimea by the end of the year
Until the end of 2019, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will consider two draft resolutions related to the Russian occupation of Crimea.
According to Ukrinform, this is a draft resolution on the violation of human rights and Russia’s militarization of the Ukrainian peninsula.
The draft resolution on the violation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Crimea, initiated by Ukraine, is now being prepared in the Third Committee (on social, humanitarian and cultural issues) of the UN General Assembly.
Voting in the Committee will take place approximately in mid-November.
It is anticipated that representatives of the Crimean Tatar people will take part in the work of the Ukrainian delegation, whose rights are grossly violated by the occupation authorities. According to the procedure, after the adoption of the resolution in the Committee, it is submitted for consideration by the UN General Assembly at the end of December.
The draft resolution on the militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, as well as parts of the Black and Azov Seas, is expected to be submitted directly to the UN General Assembly at the December plenary session, without a vote in the committees.
Earlier, the UN General Assembly adopted three resolutions on the violation of human rights in Crimea – in 2016, 2017 and 2018, but Russia ignored their implementation.
On November 6, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Yegor Bozhok stated at the UN headquarters, that the draft resolution on the militarization of Crimea aims to force the Russian Federation to withdraw all troops from the Crimea and complete the temporary occupation of the peninsula.
In December 2018, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution urging Russia to withdraw its armed forces from the occupied Crimea and condemning the increasing Russian military presence in the Black and Azov Seas.