Crimea de-occupation should be next step following UN resolution, - Ukrainian Foreign Ministry

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has welcomed the UN General Assembly's support for the resolution on the situation of human rights in Crimea and Sevastopol adding that the next step that should be taken is bringing the end to the occupation of the peninsula.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrinform, the ministry posted a relevant statement on its official website.

“The broad support for our position on the issue of Crimea proves that the international community sent a clear signal to the Russian occupation authorities - the issue of Crimea is not closed, the world is watching the actions of the invader, and therefore those guilty of harassment and violations of the rights of Crimean residents will surely be held responsible. The aggressor state must stop the lawlessness in the territories temporarily occupied by it and ensure compliance with the international law ... The next step should be the de-occupation of the peninsula. The basis has already been laid today,” the statement reads.

On Dec.19, the UN General Assembly approved a resolution on the situation of human rights in Crimea. The document was supported by 70 UN member states, 76 abstained, and 26 countries voted against the document.

A total of 42 states from different continents (including virtually all the countries of the European Union, the USA, Canada, Australia, Iceland, Norway, Montenegro, Turkey, Japan, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau and others) co-authored the resolution along with Ukraine.

The resolution calls on Russia to fully implement the order of the International Court of Justice on interim measures to restore the rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens on the peninsula and calls on the Russian occupation authorities to ensure the availability of education in the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3040392