In­dia favours dis­cus­sion in UNGA for the first time in over a decade

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In­dia has favoured a dis­cus­sion in the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly, the first in 12 years, on ‘Re­spon­si­bil­ity to Pro­tect’ and the preven­tion of geno­cide, war crimes, eth­nic cleans­ing and crimes against hu­man­ity.

As many as 113 coun­tries, in­clud­ing In­dia voted in its favour, while 21 oth­ers in­clud­ing Pak­istan op­posed the idea of hav­ing a de­bate. Seven­teen coun­tries reg­is­tered their ab­sten­tion.

Syed Ak­barud­din, In­dia’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the UN, said that the dis­cus­sions on the con­cept re­quired open, in­clu­sive and trans­par­ent de­lib­er­a­tion.

Ak­barud­din said In­dia is voting in sup­port of the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Gen­eral Com­mit­tee to in­clude it on the agenda of the 72nd Ses­sion of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly with the un­der­stand­ing that the spon­sors of the pro­posal aim to have a de­bate at the 72nd Ses­sion only.

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