United Nations/New Delhi: India on Friday abstained on a UNSC resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The resolution proposed by the US and Albania, with the backing of nearly 60 countries, received 11 votes in favour, with Russia, a permanent member, voting against it.
In the 15-member Council, the resolution received three abstentions — from India, UAE, China. Since Russia voted against the resolution, it was not passed. Explaining the abstention, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, T.S. Tirumurti said, “It is a matter of regret that the path of diplomacy was given up. We must return to it.”
“Dialogue is the only answer to the settling of differences and disputes, however daunting that may appear at this moment,” he added. “India is deeply disturbed by the recent turn of developments in Ukraine.”
In its Explanation of Vote, India called Called for respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity of states. India also called for the immediate cessation of violence and hostilities, which was also conveyed by PM Modi to President Putin during their phone call on Thursday night. That all member states should honour principles of international law and the UN Charter, as these provide a constructive way forward.
India also highlighted that the Welfare and security of Indian community, in particular stranded students, and their evacuation from Ukraine is an immediate priority It said that no solution can ever be arrived at cost of human lives India said it is Deeply disturbed by the recent turn of developments in Ukraine.
India has maintained its consistent, steadfast and balanced position on the matter. India has also been in touch with all sides urging parties concerned to return to the negotiating table.
By abstaining, India retained the option of reaching out to relevant sides in an effort to bridge the gap and find the middle ground with an aim to foster dialogue and diplomacy, said sources. An earlier draft of the resolution had proposed moving the resolution under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which provides the framework within which the Security Council may take enforcement action.
However, this was dropped in the final version that was put to vote, the sources added. The UNSC resolution had sought to declare that Russia has committed acts of aggression against Ukraine, and that the situation is a breach of international peace and security.