UNGA president calls on Russia, Ukraine to settle disputes through dialogue

Abdulla Shahid, president of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and peaceful means to settle disputes.

“I call for an immediate ceasefire, deescalation of tensions and a firm return to diplomacy and dialogue,” said the UNGA president in a statement on Thursday.

Underscoring that the UN Charter is based on the principle of sovereign equality, Shahid called on all member states to settle their international disputes by peaceful means, Xinhua news agency reported.

“I renew my call to all member states to uphold their obligations under international law and international humanitarian law,” said the UNGA president.

“The safe and unhindered access for humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and its people is a priority and the need of the hour,” he said.

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