New York: After 20 days of the Israel-Hamas war, the Jordanian government requested the UN to bring an immediate ceasefire on humanitarian grounds. A draft resolution was brought before the General Assembly. 40 countries including Russia, Pakistan, Maldives, Bangladesh and South Africa had guaranteed the resolution. The resolution was titled ‘Protection of civilians and observance of legal and humanitarian obligations’.
However, India abstained from voting on the resolution. Also, 45 countries including Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Ukraine and Britain boycotted the referendum. A total of 120 countries supported the resolution and 14 countries opposed it. The United States voted against and strongly condemned the resolution’s failure to single out Hamas as infiltrators.
Why is India boycotting? India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN General Assembly, Yojana Patel, said that the referendum was ignored. “The terrorist attacks on Israel on October 7 were shocking and condemnable. We are concerned about the hostages and demand their immediate and unconditional release.
Terrorism can spread quickly. It has no boundaries. No nationalism. There is no ethnic difference, so the world should not teach any justification for terrorist activities. Let’s get rid of the differences. Let’s work together to tackle terrorism.
At the same time humanitarian issues must be addressed. We welcome the steps taken by the international community to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza. India has also contributed to it.
We urge both warring parties to take constructive steps instead of violence to create an environment for peace talks. UN We hope the General Assembly will send a strong message against terrorism and violence,” he said.