23 African nations refuse to support a UN vote condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

A man carries a box of humanitarian aid he received in the village of Nechvolodivka, Ukraine, Wednesday, February 22, 2023

TWENTY-THREE African nations refused to support a United Nations general assembly vote on Thursday condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began a year ago.

The non-binding resolution called for a halt to the fighting and the withdrawal of Moscow’s forces.

Some 141 countries supported the resolution, but 32 abstained and seven voted against it — Belarus, Nicaragua, North Korea, Russia and Syria, plus two African states, Eritrea and Mali.

Fifteen African nations abstained — Algeria, Angola, Burundi, the Central Africa Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Sudan, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal all declined to take part in the voting.

Speaking earlier this week, Ugandan Foreign Minister Abubaker Jeje Odongo said: “We were colonised and we forgive those who colonised us. Now the colonisers are asking us to be enemies with Russia, who never colonised us; is that fair?”

Chinese deputy UN ambassador Dai Bing told the general assembly on Thursday: “We support Russia and Ukraine in moving towards each other… The international community should make joint efforts to facilitate peace talks.”

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