India focused on “explicit condemnation of the terrorist attacks by Hamas on October 7” at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) special session on Friday.
A resolution urging a “immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce” between Israeli forces and Hamas terrorists in Gaza was approved by the UNGA on Friday.
However, Jordan’s resolution was accepted without specifically denouncing the October 7 terrorist assaults. The source further stated that before the main Resolution was put to a vote, an amendment was proposed to include this particular component. India supported the Canada-led amendment to the draft resolution on the Gaza issue, although not voting for the non-binding Jordanian resolution.
India supported the Canadian-led amendment to the draft resolution on the Gaza crisis, which did not receive a two-thirds majority in the UNGA, despite not voting for the nonbinding Jordanian resolution. India’s unwavering and persistent stance on the matter served as the basis for its vote on the Resolution. According to people with knowledge of the situation, “Our Explanation of Vote (EOV) reiterates this comprehensively and holistically,” ANI was told.
“The terror attacks in Israel on October 7 were shocking and deserve condemnation,” the EOV declares unequivocally. We are also thinking of individuals who are being held captive. We demand their unconditional and prompt release.”
India’s worries on the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza were expressed by the EOV in a strong manner, saying, “The number of casualties in the current war in Gaza is a telling, serious, and ongoing worry. People are paying with their lives—women and children in particular. There is a humanitarian catastrophe that requires attention. We applaud the de-escalation efforts and humanitarian aid provided to the Gazan people by the international community. India has also made a contribution to this endeavor.” Further added, “We are deeply concerned at the deteriorating security situation and astounding loss of civilian lives in the ongoing conflict. The escalation of hostilities in the region will only exacerbate the humanitarian crisis. It is necessary for all parties to display the utmost responsibility.”In her address explaining India’s vote, Yojna Patel, India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, reiterated India’s consistent support for a peaceful, negotiated two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. This solution envisions the establishment of a sovereign, independent, and viable State of Palestine, coexisting peacefully with Israel within secure and recognized borders. Patel called upon the involved parties to de-escalate the situation, renounce violence, and collaborate towards creating a conducive environment for the prompt resumption of direct peace negotiations.
According to the source, India abstained from the voting on the Resolution’s approval because not all aspects of its strategy were included in the final wording.
It is important to remember, nevertheless, that India supported the Canadian resolution that denounced the terrorist attacks carried out by Hamas.
With 120 votes in favor, 14 against, and 45 abstentions, the General Assembly approved the resolution proposed by Jordan. Iceland, India, Panama, Lithuania, and Greece were among the 45 countries that refrained from casting a ballot on the resolution.
Following the terror strikes by Hamas on October 7, the United Nations has finally responded to the increasing bloodshed in Israel and Palestine with the passage of the Jordanian resolution.