The United Nations General Assembly has voted to adopt a resolution on the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The session ended with 141 out of the 193 member states voting for the resolution, 35 abstained and five voted against. We take a look at how African countries casted their votes.
Eritrea joined the likes of Belarus, the Democratic Republic of Korea, Russia, and Syria to vote against the resolution, marking the only five (5) votes that rejected the proposal to condemn Russia.
Out of the 35 countries which abstained from the voting procession, seventeen (17) came from Africa. These countries are Senegal, Angola, Algeria, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
The remaining African countries voted for the resolution which condemns Russia for its military operation in Ukraine. Some of the countries from developing countries cited discrimination in the pattern of engagement by the UN General Assembly over the years as reasons for their decision to abstain.
They decried the speed with which the General Assembly mobilized for the meeting to discuss issues concerning a European nation (Ukraine) as against the seemingly “unconcerned” posture of the international community in the past when similar fates were suffered by the likes of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Annalena Baerbock who is the German foreign minister, revealed to the General Assembly, the response of these countries when she called. According to her, the counterparts said, “you are calling on us to show solidarity for Europe, but where have you been for us in the past?”
Meanwhile, the result of the voting was equally criticized by Russia with claims that, member states were threatened privately to vote for the resolution. Vasily Nebenzya, the Russian Ambassador alleged that, western allies were “exerting pressure on countries” through “open and cynical threats.”