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US-sponsored UN resolution on Crimea could aggravate crisis - China

Published time: March 16, 2014 11:02
Edited time: March 16, 2014 13:45
A vote regarding the Ukrainian crisis is taken at the UN Security Council in New York March 15, 2014. (Reuters / Andrew Kelly)

A vote regarding the Ukrainian crisis is taken at the UN Security Council in New York March 15, 2014. (Reuters / Andrew Kelly)

The UN Security Council resolution on Crimea vetoed by Russia on Saturday could only further worsen the Ukrainian crisis, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

A UN Security Council resolution, calling on countries not to recognize the results of the Crimean referendum, “could currently only lead to confrontation and further aggravate the situation,” according to a statement issued Sunday by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang.

This is neither in Ukraine’s interest, nor in the interest of the international community,” the statement said. It warned all sides against taking any steps that would make the Ukrainian crisis worse.

Thirteen out of fifteen members of the UN Security Council voted March 15 in favor of the resolution, saying that the referendum in Crimea is illegitimate. Russia used its right of veto to block the resolution, while China abstained.

Following the vote, Liu Jieyi, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations, told the Security Council that China held “an objective and fair position on the Ukraine issue," as cited by Xinhua.

Liu said Beijing vows to "continue to mediate and promote dialogue so as to play a constructive role in bringing about a political solution to the crisis."

Chinese ambassador to the United Nations Liu Jieyi.(AFP Photo / John Moore)
The diplomat came up with three proposals. He called for setting up an international coordination mechanism to explore possibilities of a political settlement, urged all parties to refrain from escalation, and asked international financial institutions to help restore economic and financial stability in Ukraine.

Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, explained on Saturday why Russia exercised its veto right concerning the draft resolution on Ukraine.

“We cannot accept its basic assumption: to declare illegal the planned March 16 referendum where there residents of the Republic of Crimea should decide on their future,” Churkin said. “The philosophy of the authors of the draft runs counter to one of the basic principles of the international law – the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples enshrined in the Article 1 of the UN Charter.”

Crimea is holding a referendum on Sunday, with residents choosing between the republic’s reunification with Russia or remaining part of Ukraine with broader autonomy.

The referendum was prompted by a parliamentary coup in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, where President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted from office in February. Crimean authorities did not acknowledge the new government in Kiev as legitimate and made a decision to hold a referendum on the region’s future.

Comments (97)


RockyRacoon 16.04.2014 06:36

Tibet? Do you know anything about the living standards for the people when they had to live as servants of a useless priestly caste of monks who did NOTHING save meditate and expect to be provided with food housing care and not do a lick of work? It was one of the lowest standards of living on the planet. No so under the wing of the People's Republic of China!


Brad 19.03.2014 00:50

@ Alex Y. This is a typical brainwashed westerner blinded by the corporate media owned by Washington. China is out the orbit of American influence and control, and is the reason why he believes those lies.


Alex Y 18.03.2014 07:48

Paul Vonharnish 16.03.2014 13:25

Maybe these Chinese diplomats should stuff it where it hurts. ...Where were these masters of human rights and diplomacy, as the slaughter of millions took place in Tibet? How do these shinning lights shuck off the continuing MANDATORY sterilizations of millions of Chinese women every year?


I find your comments amusing. You are welcome to China (here) and see for yourself. Is this what they taught you?

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