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“India abstains from UN vote on Gaza ceasefire”

India Abstains on Voting on Israel and Palestine Conflict

India did not participate in the United Nations General Assembly vote on the proposal for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict, which received widespread support, while the United States expressed displeasure for not mentioning Hamas as the perpetrator.

India abstained from voting on a proposal presented by Jordan in the United Nations General Assembly, which called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict because it did not mention the terrorist group Hamas.

The proposal also called for unrestricted humanitarian access to the Gaza Strip and was co-sponsored by more than 40 countries, including Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan, Russia, and South Africa.

Apart from India, absent countries included Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Ukraine, and the UK.

The proposal titled ‘Maintaining the security and legal and humanitarian responsibilities of civilians’ was adopted by a large majority, with 120 countries voting in favor, 14 against, and 45 countries abstaining.

Before the General Assembly voted on the proposal, the 193-member body considered an amendment in the text proposed by Canada and co-sponsored by the United States.

The amendment was suggested to include a paragraph stating that the General Assembly “clearly rejects and condemns the events of terrorist attacks and abductions carried out by Hamas in Israel on October 7, 2023 and calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the hostages, in line with international law, along with humane treatment, and their immediate and unconditional release.”

India voted in favor of the amendment along with 87 other countries, while 55 member states voted against it, and 23 were absent.

In addition, the President of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly, Denis Francis, announced that the proposed amendment could not be adopted.

India’s Explanation of the Vote:

India’s Deputy Permanent Representative Yojana Patel stated in the United Nations General Assembly, “The terrorist attacks in Israel on October 7 were shocking and deplorable. Our sympathies are with those who have been taken captive. We call for their immediate and unconditional release.”

She said, “Terrorism is a deadly disease that knows no boundaries, nationalities, or ethnicities. The world should not doubt the legitimacy of acts of terrorism. Let us set aside differences, unite, and adopt a zero-tolerance approach to terrorism.”

India expressed in the United Nations General Assembly, “There is a need to address the humanitarian crisis. We welcome efforts to reduce tensions in the international community and to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza. India has also contributed to these efforts.”

“We urge parties to de-escalate, avoid violence, and work towards the expeditious resumption of direct peace talks. We hope that this General Assembly’s deliberations send a clear message against terrorism and violence and enhance the possibilities of diplomacy and dialogue,” India stated while addressing the present humanitarian crisis.

What Did the Resolution Demand?

The proposal prepared by Jordan called for an immediate, durable, and continuous humanitarian ceasefire to end hostilities.

It also demanded unimpeded, continuous, adequate, and unhindered humanitarian access to all essential goods and services to all civilians in the entire Gaza Strip, including water, food, medical supplies, energy, and electricity, among others.

The proposal emphasized the need to ensure, under international humanitarian law, that civilians are not deprived of the necessities of life for their survival.

It also called for immediate, full, continuous, secure, and unimpeded humanitarian access to civilians, including UNRWA and other United Nations humanitarian agencies and their implementing partners.

The resolution also urged the immediate and unconditional release of any civilians arbitrarily detained by ‘Israel, the occupying power,’ particularly in the Gaza Strip.

In the proposal, a call was made to ‘Israel, the occupying power,’ to rescind the orders issued to transfer all persons from the Gaza Strip to areas located in the north of Gaza.”

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