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India raises voice on Gaza

A dear old friend just sent to me from New York the text of the statement issued by the IBSA grouping [India-Brazil-South Africa] a few minutes ago at the UN Headquarters regarding the Gaza situation. The IBSA statement reads as follows: 
QUOTE. India, Brazil and South Africa express their strongest condemnation of the ongoing violence between Israel and Palestine, that threatens the peace and security of the region. The IBSA countries deeply regret the loss of human lives and express their concern over the disproportionate and excessive use of force.

They urge the parties to immediate;y cease all violence, to exercise maximum restraint and to avoid taking any action that may further exacerbate the situation. They stress their expectation that the United Nations Security Council will do its utmost in the fulfillment of its responsibilities in regard to this serious situation. 

They also stress the urgent need to lift the blockade in Gaza which continues to worsen the already dire socio-economic and humanitarian situation in Gaza.  

The IBSA countries express their strong support to the mediation efforts of the Government of Egypt, the League of Arab States and the UN Secretary-General aimed at achieving a negotiated ceasefire. 

Th IBSA countries believe that only diplomacy and dialogue will lead to the resolution of the current crisis, which makes it even more urgent to resume direct talks between israel and Palestine, leading to a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian Question, ie., the achievement of a two-state solution. 

In view of the upcoming UN General Assembly discussion on the Question of Palestine, India, Brazil and South Africa express their support for Palestine’s request to be accorded Observer State status in the United Nations system. UNQUOTE. 
What makes this statement particularly notable is that it is the outcome of an Indian initiative. The announcement of India’s support for Palestine’s observer status in the UN system is simply fantastic. 

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  1. Jaganniwas Iyer says

    The latest round of posturing and resolution-mongering must surely be warming the cockles of many Left-libber hearts, as is evident from the writer’s post. Licking the tails of the jihadis while poking a finger at Israel (which at least understands India’s votebank compulsions) is “fantastic” according to him. Astounding that such are the individuals who have been adorning the portals of the MEA. Don’t be surprised why we are still begging to get into the UNSC. The answer lies at home.
    Jaganniwas Iyer

  2. tick says

    This initiative may be fantastic but not without risks to India.

    So far India has played Iran and Israel relationships with considerations to maintain access to Afghanistan and security threats to India. The old posturing on ideological positions which Left of Centre Nehruvian years formulated has been relegated by pressing Near-Abroad needs.

    The dove tailing on economic sanctions has already split the Iranian constituency regarding India. And a similar split is not likely in Israel with proponents of Greater Israel seeking to pressure India. The preferred mode of this constituency may be to rake up pressure on India may include Kashmir. The Sino-Pak seeking to capitalize on such a development, if any, cannot be ruled out.

    This time around US, it appears from various quarters, determined to work towards just resolution of Palestine issue. May be the Indo-US relationship has firmed up to such an extent that risk of opposition from Greater Israel proponents is now affordable.

    Indian diplomacy has traversed a long journey from early years of proclaiming intents to pragmatic considerations of affordable risks and capability deployment. But the forces against which it has arraigned itself now are formidable and cannot be underestimated.

  3. Vikram Sheth says

    Who is going to weigh the proportions? Is it going to be like Monkey

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