Are East African Countries divided over Russia versus Ukraine Conflict?
How East African Countries voted in UN General Assembly’s motion over Russia versus Ukraine
Kenya and Rwanda are both voting in favor of the United Nations’ General Assembly Motion meant to condemn what is described as ‘Russia’s Aggression against Ukraine.’
They two are the only East African Community member states to support the motion.
Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and South Sudan have abstained from voting. They were among the 35 countries that chose to withdraw from the ballot.
A total of 141 countries voted in favor of the United Nations’ Motion in lashing out against Russia.
Five countries opposed the Motion. These include Syria, Eritrea, Belarus, Russia and North Korea.
Eleven countries did not take any stance.
Meanwhile the Arusha-based East African Community states that is deeply concerned by the ongoing conflict between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Ukraine.
“The EAC calls for restraint and an immediate ceasefire by the two sides to avoid further loss of life and damage to property. The EAC further calls on all parties to seek an amicable settlement through the conflict resolution avenues available under the Charter of the United Nations.”
According to a statement, the EAC shares deep concern expressed by the African Union Commission on the reported discrimination of Africans seeking safe exit from the conflict zone in Ukraine. The EAC calls upon the concerned authorities to accord equal treatment to all affected persons.
The EAC Secretariat is working closely with EAC Partner States’ Missions in Eastern Europe, to facilitate the safe exit of EAC residents in the affected areas.
The EAC encourages the two parties to exhaust all diplomatic options in an effort to find a lasting solution to the ongoing conflict.
In another development, the deputy head of European Union (EU) delegation in South Sudan, Dionyz Hochel, condemns first son Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba who was recently reported to tweet saying Putin is right to attack Ukraine.
“Uganda may face unexplained consequences if it formally supports Russia’s invasion of Ukraine” warns Hochel.