[Reader-list] UN adopts self-determination resolution

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India fails to stop UN adopting self-determination resolution 


Asian News International
United Nations, November 22 
Casting aside India's objections, The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution for the peoples' right to self-determination.

According to the Dawn, the resolution was passed by an 88-3 vote on Thursday. The three countries objecting to the resolution in which Pakistan had taken a lead role were India, Mauritius and Bhutan.

In all, 30 countries sponsored the resolution. By adopting the resolution, the UN General Assembly declared its firm opposition to the acts of foreign military intervention, aggression and occupation, since those acts have resulted in the suppression of the right of self-determination.

The assembly also called upon states to cease their military intervention in, and occupation of foreign countries and territories and all acts of repression, discrimination and maltreatment, the paper reported.

India had launched a massive diplomatic campaign to oppose the resolution, immediately after it was sponsored some two weeks ago.

It lobbied member states to vote against it, saying that, "some of the references made by Pakistan, on behalf of the co-sponsors, challenged and threatened the territorial integrity of India.

Explaining the American abstention, the US delegate explained that Washington believed that the best solution would be a mutual resolution of issues between India and Pakistan.

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