India emphasises on peace and stronger rule of law in UNSC

India has emphasised on peaceful settlement of disputes, application and strengthening of the rule of law at the United Nations Security Council.

Speaking at the UNSC open debate on 'the promotion and strengthening of the rule of law in the maintenance of international peace and security: the Rule of Law among Nations,' Permanent Representative of India to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj said, "Rule of Law is the foundational edifice of modern nation States. This foundation is underpinned by the UN Charter, where the principle of the sovereign equality of States is the basis for our collective actions. In the face of interconnected challenges that we face today, the UN represents our collective recognition that only cooperative and effective multilateralism can ensure peace and stability. "

She said that the principles of multilateralism and peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with principles of international law can succeed only if the interaction between States is based on rules that aspire for greater collective welfare.

Calling out for a peaceful settlement of disputes, Kamboj said, "Rule of Law necessitates that countries respect each others' sovereignty and territorial integrity, as they would expect their own sovereignty to be respected. Since the pacta sunt servanda ("agreements must be kept") is a binding norm of the rule of law, it requires that countries must respect agreements signed with others, bilateral or multilateral, and do not take unilateral measures to undermine or nullify those very arrangements."


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