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UN opposes use of unilateral sanctions against developing countries

November 13, 2015, 3:20 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
A total of 117 countries, including Russia, voted in favor of the document, submitted by South Africa on the part of the group of 77 developing countries
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UNITED NATIONS, November 13. /TASS/. The UN General Assembly urged the international community on Thursday to stop using unilateral measures of economic pressure against developing countries.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has been also asked to study the consequences of these actions. The resolution was adopted by the 2nd committee of the General Assembly that deals with economic and social issues.

A total of 117 countries, including Russia, voted in favor of the document, submitted by South Africa on the part of the group of 77 developing countries. The United States and Israel voted against it.

The other 51 countries, including the EU member-states, abstained. Russia has become the co-author of the resolution this year.

The document "urges the international community to adopt urgent and effective measures to eliminate the use of unilateral coercive economic measures against developing countries that are not authorized by relevant organs of the United Nations."

The member-states of the General Assembly have asked the UN chief to "monitor the imposition of unilateral economic measures as a means of political and economic coercion and to study the impact of such measures on the affected countries, including the impact on trade and development."

Mr. Ban has been asked to present a report on this issue during the 72nd session of the General Assembly in 2017-2018.

The 2nd committee of the UN General Assembly comprises all 193 UN member-states. In late 2015, the resolution will be proposed for voting at the plenary session of the UN General Assembly.

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