UN, 18 November. /Corr. Oleg Zelenin/. Russia on Tuesday for the first time did not support the resolution of the UN General Assembly in support of the activities of the International atomic energy Agency (IAEA), the report of which nuclear related facilities of the Crimea to Ukraine.
Along with Russia abstained 10 States, including Bolivia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Nicaragua, Syria, Sudan, Tanzania and Chad. 99 countries supported the document, among them – Belarus, Kazakhstan, USA and Ukraine. Still, 84 States, including Armenia, Azerbaijan and Serbia in General is not noted on the scoreboard for a vote.
Formal resolution in previous years taken by consensus, “with appreciation takes note of” report of the IAEA, and also “reiterates its strong support for the Agency’s indispensable role in providing aid and assistance in the development and practical application of atomic energy for peaceful purposes”.
The report “contradicts objective reality”
Explaining the decision to abstain in the vote, the permanent representative of the Russian Federation at the world organization Vitaly Churkin noted that in the Annex to the IAEA report “contains untrue the assertion that Sevastopol during the reporting period report (2014) allegedly was a part of Ukraine”. “This is patently false claim that ignores the fact that after the illegal coup in Kiev in February 2014, the population of Crimea, including Sevastopol, in the referendum voted to secede from Ukraine and reunification with Russia”, – said the diplomat.
According to him, Russia could not accept any documents of the Agency that “contrary to this objective reality”. “For us, they are legally and practically null and void and without content”, – said the permanent representative of the Russian Federation. However, he drew attention that in the Appendix to the annual report of the IAEA, there is a link, according to which “the Agency, making the corresponding data in the list of nuclear installations, does not Express any opinion concerning the legal status of any country or territory”.
The wishes of the Russian Federation were not taken into account
Churkin said that during the work on the General Assembly resolution, Russia has shown “maximum flexibility” in trying to ensure its adoption by consensus. The delegation of the Russian Federation insisted on that in the text of the document mentioned clause relating to the annual report of the IAEA. “We have not opposed mention of alternative views”, – said the diplomat.
“Unfortunately, a number of States and the IAEA Secretariat has chosen to ignore objective reality. Denied not only the fact that Crimea is an inseparable part of Russia, but even the fact that our country has made a reservation to the annual report of the IAEA. It seems that those who do this, prefer to be in a world of pleasant illusions,” said Churkin, noting that in this situation Russia could not support the draft resolution to the GA.
“We are sorry that for a long time been a consensus resolution has ceased to be such, but to sustain the illusions that are contrary to objective reality, we will not” – he said.
During the meeting, other countries, including Cuba and Belarus, also expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that the document had not been reflected “legitimate requests” all member countries of the UN, resulting in its adoption by consensus became impossible. In turn, the American delegation saw in the position of Russia trying to justify its “illegal annexation” of Crimea, in violation of GA resolution on the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. In similar tones spoke Ukrainian Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, speaking at the meeting, the HA has not dealt with the situation with the nuclear sites of the Crimea. In his speech he focused only on the deal on Iran’s nuclear program, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and on the incident in Syria in 2007, when the Israeli air force had supposedly been destroyed Damascus undeclared nuclear reactor.
The permanent representative of Syria to the UN Bashar ja’afari rejected these conjectures. According to him, neither the IAEA nor the United States and Israel has not provided sufficient evidence that in the town of Deir ez-Zor, which was bombed, was indeed a nuclear reactor.