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UN General Assembly to meet on Ukraine next week

March 21, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The General Assembly will hold an open meeting next week which will give all 193 U.N. member states their first opportunity to speak on the crisis in Ukraine.

Russian officially annexed Crimea Friday after its troops took over the strategic Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula and quickly organized a referendum. Ukraine, the U.S. and European Union have denounced Moscow’s illegal action.

Diplomats said Ukraine is preparing a resolution for the March 27 meeting of the General Assembly, announced Friday.

The 15-member Security Council has held eight meetings on Ukraine since late February but has been blocked from taking any action because Russia, a permanent member, has veto power.

Unlike the council, the General Assembly has no vetoes and its resolutions are not legally binding — but they do reflect world opinion.

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