India will provide immediate relief material including medicines to Ukraine

New York: Keeping in view the humanitarian needs of Ukraine, India’s Ambassador to the United Nations, TS Tirumurti said on Monday (local time) that India has decided to provide immediate relief supplies including medicines to Ukraine, which are expected to be dispatched tomorrow. Is.

Tirumurti made these remarks at the UNSC meeting on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine. He said an urgent and pressing humanitarian situation is developing in Ukraine.

He said, “At such times of conflict, India gives top priority to the safety and welfare of citizens, especially women, children and the elderly. We are of the view that the basic principles of humanitarian aid should be fully respected.”

Tirumurti said India is deeply concerned about the developments in Ukraine where the situation is deteriorating.

“Our well-intentioned call for an immediate end to violence and an end to all hostilities is an urgent imperative,” he said.

Tirumurti highlighted that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has strongly advocated this in his recent talks with the leadership of the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

“We welcome their direct talks. We reiterate our firm belief that differences can only be bridged through sustained dialogue and diplomacy,” he said, adding, “We also underline that all The member states agree on the principles of the United Nations Charter, international law, and on respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states.”

Tirumurti further expressed deep concern for the safety and security of thousands of Indian nationals including students stranded in Ukraine.

“Our evacuation efforts have been adversely affected by developments on the ground from across the border. Considering that the safety of Indian citizens is of paramount importance to my government, senior ministers of the Government of India have been posted as special envoys to Ukraine’s neighboring countries. countries,” he said.

“We thank them for their cooperation during this difficult time. We stand ready to help neighbors and those from developing countries who are stranded in Ukraine and may ask for assistance,” he said.

Tirumurti also noted the appointment of Amin Awad of Sudan as the UN Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine by the Secretary-General to lead the coordination of all UN efforts, including the humanitarian response, on both sides of the contact line. “We support and welcome the efforts of the United Nations in this direction.”

Concluding the remarks, Tirumurti reiterated that there is no other option but to return to the path of diplomacy and dialogue, as this is the only way.


First published:March 1, 2022 at 6:59 am

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