United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/262

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UN General Assembly
Resolution 68/262
Date27 March 2014
Meeting no.80th Plenary
CodeA/RES/68/262 (Document)
SubjectTerritorial Integrity of Ukraine
Voting summary
  • 100 voted for
  • 11 voted against
  • 58 abstained
  • 24 absent
ResultResolution adopted
Results of the United Nations General Assembly vote about the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
  In favour
  Absent when the vote took place
  Non-UN member
A map showing the vote for the United Nations General Assembly resolution 68/262 in Europe.
  In favour
  Non-UN member
A map showing the United Nations General Assembly resolution 68/262 vote in Africa.
  In favour
  Non-UN member

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/262 was adopted on March 27, 2014 by the sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly in response to the Russian annexation of Crimea and entitled "Territorial integrity of Ukraine". The non-binding resolution, which was supported by 100 United Nations member states, affirmed the General Assembly's commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and underscored the invalidity of the 2014 Crimean referendum. Eleven nations voted against the resolution, while 58 abstained, and a further 24 states were absent when the vote took place.

The resolution was introduced by Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine.[1] The adoption of the resolution was preceded by the unsuccessful attempts of the United Nations Security Council, which convened seven sessions to address the Crimean crisis, only to face a Russian veto[2] of draft resolution S/2014/189,[3] sponsored by 42 countries.

Voting rationales[edit]

Nicos Emiliou, Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations, who favoured the resolution said that "Cyprus underlines the importance of respecting the fundamental principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of all states, including Ukraine".[4] Emiliou urged to conduct a probe on all acts of violence and encouraged Russia to engage in a diplomatic solution.[4]

The Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Liu Jieyi, whose country abstained from voting, stated that "in the context of the ongoing diplomatic mediation efforts by the parties concerned, an attempt to push ahead with the UNGA vote on the draft resolution on the question of Ukraine will only further complicate the situation".[1]

Russian reaction[edit]

On March 28, 2014 the Russian Federation stated that the resolution was counterproductive and accused Western states of using blackmail and threats to drum up approval votes.[5]


Vote[6] Quantity States % of votes % of total
UN members
Approve 100 Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Benin, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Latvia, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States 59.17% 51.81%
Against 11 Armenia (despite voting at the United Nations along the lines of its key ally, Russia, Armenia officially does not recognize Crimea as Russian territory)[7], Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Zimbabwe 6.51% 5.70%
Abstain 58 Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Djibouti, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritania, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nauru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia 34.32% 30.05%
Absent 24 Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Serbia, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Yemen 12.44%
Total 193 100% 100%

Related UNGA resolutions[edit]


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  2. ^ "Backing Ukraine's territorial integrity, UN Assembly declares Crimea referendum invalid". UN. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  3. ^ S/2014/189 Retrieved 2017-09-05. (https://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/2014/189)
  4. ^ a b "Cyprus votes in favour of UN resolution on Crimea". Cyprus Mail. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
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