A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Dmitry Mironchuk explained why the Belarus Republic voted "against" the resolution on Crimea at the meeting of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly.
First, Mironchuk noted that the Republic's position on the territorial integrity of Ukraine has not changed:
“In this regard, I would like to specify that the position of the Republic of Belarus on Ukraine has not changed one iota. The issue of the procedure to review human rights in the UN is a completely different plane, and we firmly believe, it has no relevance to the subject of territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
According to the spokesman, the country resolutions mechanism is unfair and their adoption is a "road to nowhere." This practice is imposed by UNO just to promote their own interests:
“We always openly vote against country-specific resolutions, whether they are even considered in Geneva or New York. They do not evidence support of countries that become objects of resolutions, but of our consistent non-admission of the hypocritical approach to the subject of human rights that the United Nations imposed to individual states on the principle of "We know better what you need to do."
The Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makey himself brought the position of his country to foreign colleagues, including the Head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Pavel Klimkin.
Earlier, the official delegation of Belarus unsuccessfully tried to block the consideration of human rights issue in Crimea at a meeting of the specialized committee of the UN General Assembly.
The representatives of 101 countries opposed the Belarus initiative, 37 delegations abstained from discussing the agenda of the meeting, and only 32 countries supported the idea of Minsk. The latter included the countries economically dependent on Russia, and third world countries. Among the major countries that supported of the Belarusian initiative were only the co-founders of the Russian Federation BRICS - India and China, as well as Egypt, Indonesia and North Korea.
The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine), confirming the support of Ukraine in regaining control over the peninsula. The representatives of 73 countries supported the document, 23 voted against, 76 delegations abstained.