At UNSC, India backs convention to ban biological weapons

New York (USA): At the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), India advocated the Biological and Toxic Weapons Convention (BTWC), saying it is important to ensure its implementation in letter and spirit.

India noted the comments made by UN Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu regarding biological activities related to Ukraine, and said that “India as a major global and non-Biological and Toxic Weapons Convention (BTWC)”. The Discriminatory Disarmament Convention outlaws an entire category of weapons of mass destruction.”

R Ravindra, Deputy Permanent Representative at the UNSC briefing, said, “It is important to ensure the full and effective implementation of the BTWC in letter and spirit. We also believe that any matter relating to the obligations under the BTWC should be addressed in accordance with the provisions of the through consultation and cooperation between the Convention and the Parties concerned.”

Expressing concern over the current situation in Ukraine, India said that it welcomes the latest round of diplomatic talks between the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

“As reported yesterday, India is deeply concerned at the progressively deteriorating situation in Ukraine. We welcome the latest round of diplomatic dialogue between the Russian Federation and Ukraine,” the Indian diplomat said.

India reiterated the need for dialogue and diplomacy. “We believe that an immediate end to hostilities and diligently pursuing the path of dialogue and diplomacy is the only way out,” Tirumurti said.

“We need to make this engagement in view of the need to respect the United Nations Charter, international law and the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of states,” he said.

Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine on 24 February in response to calls from the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics to protect against intense attacks by Ukrainian troops. The Russian Defense Ministry said the special operation was targeting only Ukrainian military infrastructure and that the civilian population was not in danger. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it has no plans to annex Ukraine. Western countries have imposed many sanctions on Russia. (ANI)

First published:March 18, 2022 at 9:35 pm

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