Bhutan has voted in favour of US proposal in United Nations General Assembly to declare the annexation of Crimea into Russian territory. This officially means, Bhutan does not recognise Crimea as part of Russian Territory.
The proposal received 100 yes votes and 11 no votes for the US proposal not to recognise the referendum in Crimea that favoured to split from Ukraine and merge to Russia.
Similarly, 24 member countries of the UN remained absent while 58 countries decided no to vote.
Bhutan and Maldives are only from South Asia to vote in favour of US proposal not to recognise Crimea. However, representatives from both the nations made no statements before the resolution.
Other members of the regional block SAARC Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka decided to remain neutral.
Possibly, this is the first time Bhutan cast vote, in political issue, different from what India did.
The resolution says, “the Assembly called on States to “desist and refrain” from actions aimed at disrupting Ukraine’s national unity and territorial integrity, including by modifying its borders through the threat or use of force.”
It urged all parties immediately to pursue a peaceful resolution of the situation through direct political dialogue, to exercise restraint, and to refrain from unilateral actions and inflammatory rhetoric that could raise tensions.
See the proceedings of the resolution in the following video