S Jaishankar at UNSC

New York: External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said the need of great importance is to end the conflict in Ukraine and return to the negotiating table, and India unequivocally repeats the requirement for a quick end of all hostilities and a return to discourse and diplomacy.

Talking at the UNSC briefing on Ukraine ‘Fight against impunity’, Jaishankar noted that the direction of the Ukraine conflict involves significant worry for the whole international community and the world has encountered its ramifications as far as greater expenses and deficiencies of foodgrains and manures and fuel.

“This council is the most powerful symbol of diplomacy. It must continue to live up to its purpose,” he said.

He also recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments of “this can’t be an era of war” during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin sidelines of the SCO summit.

India likewise said it is deplorable that in the UN Security Council, with regards to endorsing a portion of the world’s most feared terrorists, impunity is being worked with and governmental issues giving cover to dodge responsibility, in a hidden correspond at China which has blocked blacklisting of Pakistan-put together terrorists with respect to many events.

“The fight against impunity is critical to the larger pursuit of securing peace and justice. The Security Council must send an unambiguous and unequivocal message on this count,” Jaishankar told the 15-nation UNSC briefing on Ukraine’s Fight against impunity.

The briefing, led by the French minister for Europe and foreign affairs Catherine Colonna, was held as world leaders accumulated in the UN headquarters for the significant level 77th meeting of the UN General Assembly.

Tending to the Committee briefing were UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres, US secretary of state Antony Blinken, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and UK secretary of state for foreign, Commonwealth, and development affairs James Keenly, and foreign ministers of other UNSC individuals.

“Politics should never provide cover to evade accountability. Nor indeed to facilitate impunity. Regrettably, we have seen this of late in this very Chamber, when it comes to sanctioning of some of the world’s most dreaded terrorists,” Jaishankar said, with China listening.

“If egregious attacks committed in broad daylight are left unpunished, this Council must reflect on the signals we are sending on impunity. There must be consistency if we are to ensure credibility,” he said.

Offers by India, the US, and other western partners to blacklist Pakistan-based terrorists under the Security Council’s sanctions regime have been impeded and put on hold at different events by Islamabad’s all-weather ally and veto-wielding permanent member China in the 15-nation Council.

This month, China has stopped a proposition moved at the United Nations by the US and co-upheld by India to assign Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Sajid Mir, needed for his involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks, as a global terrorist.

By Archana

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