NEW YORK: Liberia on Wednesday joined 141 other countries to overwhelmingly vote to reprimand Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
Supporters of the UN General Assembly in the resolution also demanded that the Russian Government stops fighting and withdraw its military forces.
The UN General Assembly is the main policy-making organ of the Organization. Comprising all Member States, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter of the United Nations. Each of the 193 Member States of the United Nations has an equal vote.
Deputy Permanent Representative Madam Cecelia Forgbe Wreh-McGill currently heads the Liberian UN Mission in New York.
According to our UN Correspondent, Liberia’s vote is in line with most of the international community which has diplomatically and financially isolated Russia since the launch of a military invasion of Ukraine.
The vote at the General Assembly is non-binding. Liberia maintains economic and trading ties with Ukraine.
Ukraine Exports to Liberia was US$9.48 Million during 2020, according to the United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade.
US$5.49 million of Ukrainian export to Liberia was for dairy products including eggs, honey and edible products. This was followed by $2.38 million export in meat and $121.9 million in other edible products.
At a recent legislative hearing, it was disclosed that Liberia is currently indebted to Ukraine for about $23,000 (Twenty Three Thousand dollars) for students studying in that country. It is unclear how many Liberians are in Ukraine.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that some of the students and other Liberians have escaped to Poland to avoid the Russian military invasion of Ukraine. Africans and other minority nationals reported facing “racist’ treatment from some Ukrainian authorities as they tried to flee the violence.
Earlier this week, the African Union (AU) and the U.S. based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) issued statements over the ill treatment of Africans in Ukraine.
But, according to a social media post, on Wednesday the Government of Ukraine has promised to ensure the safety of all residents.
Shortly after multiple Liberian media reports about the Government of Liberia silence over assisting its citizens who are stranded in Ukraine, the Ministry of Information posted to social media that, ”The Government of Liberia is engaging in frantic diplomatic efforts to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all Liberians in Ukraine, which includes about 200 students undergoing their academic studies.
The Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has requested the neighboring countries of Poland and Hungary to grant safe passage and humanitarian assistance to Liberians who reach their respective borders fleeing the ongoing Ukraine-Russia military hostility,” the press statement said in part.
Recently, the Federal Government of Nigeria announced that it was undertaking an evacuation of its citizens from Ukraine and Poland.
Ukrainian peacekeepers were detailed to the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia following cessation of hostilities of the back-to-back-wars in the 1990s. Source, African Star.