Malaysia has taken a stand to support the UN resolution entitled “Aggression against Ukraine” which was adopted at the 11th Emergency Special Session on 2 March 2022.
The resolution received 141 affirmative votes, 5 against, and 35 abstentions. Malaysia stated while it may not have agreed to every single word in the resolution, it supported and voted in favour of it in line with the country’s longstanding position on the need to consistently uphold the principles of sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of States – principles which are sacrosanct to Malaysia.
In its Explanation of Vote, Malaysia reiterated its commitment to the principles and purposes of the Charter of the UN and to the inviolability of the fundamental principles of territorial integrity and sovereignty of a country.
Underlining its strong and close relations with both Ukraine and Russia, Malaysia believes that the differences and legitimate security concerns of both parties, given the complex geopolitical context, must be addressed through dialogue and peaceful means.
In this regard, Malaysia welcomes the direct talks held between Russia and Ukraine in Belarus and hopes that such peaceful talks would lead to a successful outcome.
Malaysia further called on the Security Council to continue its effort in resolving this conflict, emphasising the need for the Council to live up to its primary responsibility as the custodian of international peace and security.
As a responsible member of the UN, Malaysia reaffirms its long-standing commitment to the peaceful settlement of disputes.
It further added that it will continue to support international efforts to seek a peaceful and amicable solution to the conflict in the interest of maintaining regional and international peace and security, as well as promoting greater prosperity.