Botswana abstains on General Assembly Crimea resolution

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Botswana this week joined 58 other UN member states, including most of SADC, in abstaining during a General Assembly vote on a resolution calling upon states not to recognise changes in the status of the Crimea Region.

The resolution was adopted by a recorded vote of 100 in favour to 11 against, with 58 abstentions.

In explaining Botswana’s decision to abstain, Ambassador Charles Thembani Ntwaagae affirmed that while the Government of Botswana does not support the dismemberment of sovereign nations, either through unilateral declarations of independence or through coercion by external forces, it believed that at the moment there is a need to allow sufficient space for currently ongoing diplomatic efforts at the bilateral and international levels to take its course.

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