New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former diplomat Shashi Tharoor appreciated and lauded the external affairs minister Dr. S Jaishankar for the stance of abstaining from the UN resolution establishing that exempts humanitarian aid efforts from sanctions.
The draft resolution to exempt humanitarian aid efforts from sanctions and presented by the US and Ireland, was adopted by 14 members of the 15-member Council.
In the explanation of vote, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ruchira Kamboj said that India’s concerns were triggered by proven instances of terrorist groups including Pakistan-based terrorist groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed “taking full advantage of such humanitarian carve-outs and making a mockery of sanctions regimes.”
She further added that “There have been several cases of terrorist groups in our neighborhood, reincarnating themselves as humanitarian organizations and civil society groups precisely to evade the sanctions. These terrorist organizations use the umbrella of the humanitarian assistance space to raise funds and recruit fighters.”
Making a veiled reference to Pakistan, Kamboj added that India will call for caution and due diligence be used when providing humanitarian aid to groups that are prohibited under UN Security Council Resolution 1267, who continue to thrive with full state hospitality in territories universally acknowledged as terrorist havens by the international community.
While understanding the humanitarian concerns behind the resolution, I agree fully with India’s reservations that prompted its abstention. We don’t have to look far across the border for evidence to substantiate @ruchirakamboj’s words. Well done, @IndiaUNNewYork @DrSJaishankar https://t.co/muwm3TsOzm
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) December 10, 2022
Reacting to the stance, Shashi Tharoor took to Twitter and added that “While understanding the humanitarian concerns behind the resolution, I agree fully with India’s reservations that prompted its abstention. We don’t have to look far across the border for evidence to substantiate Ruchira Kamboj’s words. Well done”.
(With Agency Inputs)
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