Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2022. 9:28 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Describing it as “a blatant breach of international law and of obligations under the United Nations Charter… an unacceptable violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity… an assault on the international system itself [that] cannot be countenanced by any peace-loving state,” the Government of Belize has strongly condemned the “unjustified and unprovoked attack on Ukraine” by the Russian Federation.
Troops have entered the Donbass region as of early this morning European time on the basis of being “peacekeepers” to protect the independence (as recognized by Russia) of rebel-held territory. For the record, the Government says it “does not recognize the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic or the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic,” and regards Russia’s recognitions of both as “a violation of international law.
Belize further calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities, withdrawal of all Russian troops and military hardware from Ukraine, and urges all sides to exercise restraint. It adds, “We stand in solidarity with Ukraine and its people who are enduring the horrors of war.”
The Government statement concludes, “Belize is resolute that all states must respect and adhere to norms and principles of international law which are fundamental to the maintenance of the international system and peace and security, including respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders, non-interference in the internal affairs of another state, and the prohibition on the threat or use of force and peaceful resolution of disputes.”
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