Ruchira Kamboj, India’s permanent ambassador to the UN, stated that her country’s prime minister had made it clear that a time of war was not possible. India has decided to abstain because it must work to find a peaceful settlement via negotiation and diplomacy.
India did not participate in the UN General Assembly’s vote on Thursday to adopt a resolution denouncing illegitimate referenda held in four Ukrainian areas by Russia, despite the country’s continued grave concern over the escalation of the war in Ukraine.
By a vote of 143-5, the 193-member General Assembly approved the resolution, which stated that any effort at annexing the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia would be illegal under international law. 35 nations, including India, chose not to participate.
Ruchira Kamboj, India’s permanent representative to the UN, explained the nation’s vote and said it was in line with our well-considered national viewpoint. There are also other urgent matters at hand, some of which, according to her, have not been sufficiently covered by the resolution.
Unambiguously, my prime minister has stated that this cannot be a time of war. She referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Samarkand on September 16, With this resolute resolve to try for a peaceful solution via dialogue and diplomacy, India has chosen to abstain, she said.
India, according to Kamboj, is extremely alarmed by the conflict’s intensification in Ukraine, especially the destruction of civilian infrastructure and the killing of civilians. We have always argued that no solution should ever be found at the expense of human lives, she continued. Nobody has an interest in animosity and violence escalating. We have asked that all measures be made to immediately halt hostilities and swiftly resume diplomatic and diplomatic channels.
According to Kamboj, the international order that all UN member states uphold is founded on respect for each state’s territorial integrity and sovereignty as well as international law and the UN Charter. She stated that these rules must be followed without fail.
The route to peace needs us to keep all diplomatic lines open since dialogue is the only way to resolve disagreements and problems, according to Kamboj. To achieve an immediate ceasefire and a peaceful end to the crisis, we truly hope that peace negotiations would resume soon. She reiterated India’s official stance on the Ukraine conflict and added that India is prepared to help all such de-escalation initiatives.
Kamboj also emphasized how the situation in Ukraine has had a significant influence on the security of food and energy, particularly for developing nations.
It is also regrettable that the entire global south has sustained significant collateral damage as the Ukrainian conflict’s course develops. It is crucial that the voice of the global south is heard and that their valid concerns are appropriately handled, she said, as poor countries bear the brunt of the conflict’s effects on the supplies of petroleum, food, and fertilizer.
Therefore, she continued, we must refrain from taking actions that make a faltering global economy even more complicated.
But it’s crucial to get the facts straight. Whatever the representative of Pakistan thinks or craves, Jammu and Kashmir’s whole territory is and will always be a vital and intrinsic part of India. We also urged Pakistan to put an end to cross-border terrorism so that our people could exercise their right to life and liberty.