Amanuel Giorgio, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Eritrea gave the following reasoning in a speech (press release) after the conclusion of the vote in the Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly:
Eritrea firmly believes that respect for sovereignty, territorial
integrity, and political independence, as enshrined in the United
Nations Charter, are sacrosanct principles and should be respected by
everyone, at all times, for the attainment of sustainable world peace.
Eritrea’s vote is a demonstration of its uncompromising stand for
peace. Its position is against internationalizing, incessant rhetoric,
and impositions of unilateral sanctions, which regrettably further
polarize international relations and escalate the situation with
enormous implications for civilians. Instead, we have consistently
opted for world regions to be given the needed space and solidarity to
address political problems.
The situation between Russia and Ukraine raises serious concern with
political, economic and security ramifications for Europe and the rest
of the world. It requires immediate resolution by giving more chances
to diplomacy. We hope that the ongoing talks between the two parties
on the Belarusian border yield a quick and acceptable agreement to
stop the war and pave a foundation for peace in the region.
Eritrea opposes all forms of unilateral sanction as illegal and
counterproductive. Eritrea, as a country that has been subjected to
such measures by the West for two decades, including new sets of
unilateral measures, understands that sanctions do not resolve
problems of peace and security. On the contrary, they only hurt
innocent people and undermine the road to peace.
It will be remiss if I don’t address disturbing reports that African
citizens living in Ukraine are facing difficulties to cross the
borders. We call on all countries to facilitate safe passages to
people fleeing for safety regardless of their racial identity.
Let me conclude by reiterating that Eritrea would like to see that the
windows for diplomacy remain open. We are confident of the ability of
the parties to resolve their differences and reach an outcome that
meets the interests and concerns of all. We hope that the
international community constructively supports the parties in their
search for sustainable peace.