Jordan maintains neutrality on Ukraine crisis, hopes for peaceful resolution

1. Jordanian Neutrality
A screenshot of a video showing the UN General Assembly vote to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council on April 8, 2022. (Photo: UN)
AMMAN — With 93 votes in favor, 24 voted against, and 58 abstentions, including Jordan, the UN General Assembly on Friday voted to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council. اضافة اعلان

“Jordan’s decision to abstain from voting was made in order to send a clear message that it is neutral in this conflict,” said Jamal Al-Shalabi, a political analyst and a professor of political science.

Shalabi said that Jordan is not choosing sides; it would rather see the two sides reach a peaceful settlement. He added that abstaining from voting “is a way to send an indirect message to Russia that Jordan is not cutting relations with the two countries”, where there are constant developments.

Shalabi added that since the last UN emergency session that voted to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in March, where Jordan voted in favor, the vision now has changed, as Jordan believes in resolving the dispute through peaceful means, and that sanctions against Russia will only escalate the situation.

Friday’s UN emergency session was held amid allegations that Russian forces killed civilians while retreating from the region around Ukraine’s capital.

“This past weekend, disturbing photos emerged from the city of Bucha, a suburb of the capital, Kyiv, where hundreds of civilian bodies were found in the streets and in mass graves following Russia’s withdrawal from the area,” according the UN website.

According to Jordanian lawyer specialized in the field of international human rights Faisal Al-Khuzaie Al-Fraihat, Russia was expecting this UN measure, with Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gennady Kuzmin stating immediately after the resolution that Russia had already decided to leave the council before the end of its term.

Fraihat stressed that Jordan follows a policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of any country, “following the King’s directives and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi’s actions”.

He added that both the US and Russia are important political and economic allies to Jordan, and that a neutral act while exploring avenues of peace is the best solution.

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