Russia-Ukraine crisis: India reiterates call for end to hostilities at UN
As the war between Moscow and Kyiv rages on, India's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, R Ravindra said that New Delhi has been consistent in calling for an immediate end to all hostilities in Ukraine.
While addressing a UNSC briefing, Ravindra said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeatedly called for an urgent ceasefire and that there is no other path left but of dialogue and diplomacy. He noted that the human toll continues to mount, and the humanitarian situation has become dire.
Highlighting India's evacuation from Ukraine, Ravindra said India undertook intensive and immediate steps to evacuate its nationals. Till date, about 22,500 Indians have returned home safely.
"We are grateful to all our partners for their support in our evacuation efforts. We call for direct contacts and negotiations with a view to cease hostilities," he added.
Ravindra also said that India has been in touch with both the Russian Federation and Ukraine in this regard and will continue to remain engaged. "We continue to underline the need to respect the UN Charter, international law and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states."
He also lauded the role played by Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and said, "OSCE has been playing an important role in facilitating the implementation of the package of measures across both sides of the contact line in eastern Ukraine.”
He further said that the challenges confronting the OSCE community come from different sources they include not only challenges to sovereignty, but threats to peace from ethnic tensions and violent separatism within States.
The OSCE, as the world's largest security organization, is also addressing some of the toughest transnational threats such as proliferation of weapons, terrorism, cyber security, migration, environmental damage and drug trafficking, he said.
Concluding the briefing, Ravindra said, India recognizes the "significant contribution of OSCE to the promotion of a rules-based international order and strengthening multilateralism".