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Thailand backs UN resolution against Russian invasion

Thailand backs UN resolution against Russian invasion

BANGKOK: Thailand has joined 140 other countries to vote for a United Nations resolution demanding an immediate withdrawal of the Russian forces from Ukraine and deploring Russia’s ’aggression against Ukraine’.

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 3 March 2022, 02:12PM

Members of the General Assembly vote on a resolution during a special session of the General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Members of the General Assembly vote on a resolution during a special session of the General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

The kingdom voted to support the resolution during an emergency meeting of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday (Mar 2), reports the Bangkok Post, citing an AFP report.

After the debate, 141 out of 193 member states voted for the resolution, 35 abstained and five voted against.

General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding.

Seven other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) voted for the resolution, while Cambodia and Laos were among the abstentions.

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Although Thailand supported the UNGA move, the country did not mention Russia by name in a statement showing its position on the issue.

"Thailand is gravely concerned with the worsening hostilities and violence as a result of the use of military forces in Ukraine, which has led to the loss of life, including of innocent civilians and destruction of property and civilian infrastructure," Suriya Chindawongse, ambassador and permanent representative of Thailand to the UN, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Thailand’s stance is in line with the statement issued by Asean foreign ministers on Saturday that omitted to mention Russia in their statement.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has insisted Thailand will maintain its neutrality in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, according to a government source.

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christysweet | 04 March 2022 - 10:09:44

 Thais have not changed one iota. I recall both my parents expression of amazement at the abundance of selfishness behind the polite facade when Dad was an advisor 
  to the RAF. We lived in Bangkok 67- 70.  

JohnC | 04 March 2022 - 09:11:01

The PM is spineless. He has the backbone of a jellyfish.Caresmore about how to get his hands on more money while saying he remains 'neutral' rather than what really matters. Take a stand for once in your life, show the Thai people you actually do have principles to respect.

Uncle | 03 March 2022 - 20:54:53

Yes Nasa12 - you are so right.  After some 28 years here we have seen how the Thais have slowly changed from what they most were - gentle, nice, people to mostly greedy ones - wow - how things have changed !  That's why we are leaving this country for good, a county and a people we once admired and loved but - no more ! Good bye Thailand !  You blew it !

Nasa12 | 03 March 2022 - 16:13:50

They did not want to name Russia because it may upset the potential Russian tourists. Thais haven't got the [....] to stand up for what is right, they always put money first.

Fascinated | 03 March 2022 - 16:03:16

Voted but didn't name Russia- what a bunch of spineless cowards. Why would Thailand not be neutral anyway- no one needs the support of these paper 'warriors' who would run at the first sight of conflict.


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