14:25 31.10.2017

UNGA vote on human rights resolution in occupied Crimea can take place in 2-3 weeks, Russia won't block it

UNGA vote on human rights resolution in occupied Crimea can take place in 2-3 weeks, Russia won't block it

Voting on the Ukrainian draft resolution of the UN General Assembly on human rights violations in the occupied Crimea may take place in the coming weeks and Russia has no way to block it, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said.

"Russia can not block the resolution of the General Assembly," the foreign minister said at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday.

He did not rule out that the UNGA vote on this resolution could be held already in November this year.

"We are now setting the voting date: it will be in November, possibly in two or three weeks," Klimkin said.

Earlier at the briefing, he said that Ukraine is submitting on Tuesday a resolution "Regulations on Human Rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol" for consideration by the Third UN Committee. Klimkin added that Ukraine in its draft resolution pointed to the need for Russia to implement the decision of the UN court, including the restoration of the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

The Ukrainian foreign minister also said that the draft resolution proposed by Kyiv underscore the need to provide access for humanitarian organizations to the territory of Crimea occupied by Russia. According to the Ukrainian minister, this resolution should become the basis for further de-occupation of the peninsula.

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