India abstains from voting on UNGA resolution on Myanmar issue

June 19,2021 08:15 PM


India on Friday abstained from voting on the UN General Assembly resolution on Myanmar saying that its views were not reflected in the draft resolution and a "consultative and constructive" approach.

UNGA had adopted a resolution on Myanmar calling 'upon the Myanmar armed forces to respect the people's will as freely expressed by results of the general election of November 8, 2020, to end the state of emergency, to respect all human rights of people of Myanmar and to allow the sustained democratic transition of Myanmar, including the opening of the democratically elected parliament, and by working towards bringing all national institutions, including the armed forces, under a fully inclusive civilian government that is representative of the people's will.'      

Explaining the Indian context, India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, TS Tirumurti said India finds that its views have not been reflected in the draft being considered for adoption today. India would like to reiterate that a consultative and constructive approach involving the neighbouring countries and the region, remains important as the international community strives for the peaceful resolution of the issue, he said.     

The fact that there is lack of support from all neighbouring countries, as well as several countries in the region itself, should, hopefully, serve as an eye-opener to those who choose to pursue a hasty course of action, the Indian envoy said. India is therefore constrained to abstain, added Tirumurti.          

India shares both land and maritime borders with Myanmar, India has direct stakes in the maintenance of peace and stability in Myanmar.
In this regard, India welcomed the ASEAN initiative on Myanmar and the 'Five-Point Consensus'. It calls for the envoy's dispatch and the immediate cessation of violence.

Tirumurti stressed on diplomatic engagements aimed at strengthening these efforts and called for upholding the rule of law and release of detained leaders. 

He said that India's position on the situation in Myanmar has been clear and consistent. It has expressed deep concern on the developments in Myanmar and strongly condemned the use of violence and urged maximum restraint.  

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