United Nations General Assembly Resolution 62/243

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United Nations General Assembly Resolution 62/243, titled "The Situation in the Occupied Territories of Azerbaijan", is a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly about the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, which was adopted on March 14, 2008 at the 62nd session of the General Assembly. It became the fifth United Nations document concerning Nagorno-Karabakh and the first United Nations General Assembly document on it.

The resolution reaffirmed "continued respect and support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of Azerbaijan "within its internationally recognized borders", demanded the "immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of all Armenian forces from all the occupied territories" of Azerbaijan and emphasized that "no state shall render aid or assistance" to maintain the occupation of Azerbaijani territories.[1] The resolution was adopted shortly after 2008 Mardakert skirmishes, which became the heaviest ceasefire violation between Armenia and Azerbaijan since the end of Nagorno-Karabakh War.

Draft resolution[edit]

In early 2005 the UN General Assembly’s dispatch of a fact-finding mission had confirmed Armenian settlement in Azerbaijan's territory.[2] The Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to UN Agshin Mehdiyev presented the draft resolution A/62/L.42, which was adopted by a recorded vote of 39 in favour to 7 against (including OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs), with 100 abstentions.[2] The table below shows related voting results, except Armenia and Azerbaijan, who voted against and in favour, respectively, and abstentions.

For Against
 Afghanistan  Angola
 Bahrain  France
 Bangladesh  India
 Brunei  Russia
 Cambodia  United States
 Colombia  Vanuatu
 Comoros
 Djibouti
 Gambia
 Georgia
 Indonesia
 Iraq
 Jordan
 Kuwait
 Libya
 Malaysia
 Maldives
 Moldova
 Morocco
 Myanmar
 Niger
 Nigeria
 Oman
 Pakistan
 Qatar
 Saudi Arabia
 Senegal
 Serbia
 Sierra Leone
 Somalia
 Sudan
 Turkey
 Tuvalu
 Uganda
 Ukraine

Voting rationales[edit]

  •  Indonesia. Indonesian representative said he had voted in favour because the document reaffirms principles and objectives in addressing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.[2]
  • OSCE Minsk Group. Speaking on behalf of the group, the United States said that the Co-Chairs voted against because they "viewed resolution 62/243 as selectively propagating only certain of those principles to the exclusion of others, without considering the Co-Chairs’ proposal in its balanced entirety".
  •  South Africa. According to the South African representative, his delegation had abstained from voting because the document supported the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group to settle the conflict.[2]
  •  United Kingdom. According to Lord Howell of Guildford, his country abstained from voting "as the resolution did not take into account the Madrid Principles or Minsk Group process".[3]

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