The United Nations (UN) will on Wednesday begin taking up three draft resolutions relating to the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Ukraine.
The General Assembly (GA) convenes on Wednesday in a resumption of its Special Emergency session.
The session will begin debate on two competing drafts, one that will be introduced by Ukraine and drafted by a cross-regional group of more than two-dozen countries and that holds Russia responsible for the humanitarian situation.
South Africa will follow and will introduce a separate draft that makes no mention of Russia.
A third draft drafted by Russia will be put to a vote in the Security Council while the GA process unfolds.
The Russian draft in the Security Council was held back from a vote last Friday due to a lack of support but has been put back on the agenda even though it’s unlikely to draw a minimum of 9 votes for passage in the 15-member council.
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In the General Assembly, a more drawn-out process as countries begins debate on the two competing drafts with Pretoria calling for a humanitarian resolution that removes “political issues” as its draft fails to mention Russia as the cause of the crisis.
The western-backed draft will be introduced by Ukraine that urged member states overnight to back the draft text that makes clear reference to Russia’s responsibility in Ukraine.
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