Zelensky asks to address African Union

By AFP
Posted on Tuesday, 12 April 2022 10:41

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses South Korean parliamentary via video link at national assembly in Seoul on April 11, 2022.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses South Korean parliamentary via video link at national assembly in Seoul on April 11, 2022. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun / POOL / AFP)

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenksy has asked to address the African Union, says Senegal's President Macky Sall

Sall, the current AU chairman, tweeted that he and Zelenksy had on Monday discussed over the phone the economic impact of the war in Ukraine and “the need to favour dialogue for a negotiated outcome to the conflict”.

The Ukrainian president also asked to address the AU, Sall said.

The request comes amid a divided African response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

For example, 58 countries abstained from an April 7 vote in the United Nations General Assembly that suspended Russia from the UN Human Rights Council over its invasion.

Africa accounted for 24 of the abstaining countries, which included Senegal. Nine other African countries voted in favour of the resolution, and 9 voted against.

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