Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Why India Abstained at the UN


1. India has been following with serious concern the developments in Libya,
which have led to loss of numerous lives and injuries to many more. We
deplore the use of force, which is totally unacceptable, and must not be
resorted to. We are very concerned with the welfare of the civilian
population and foreigners in Libya.

2. The UN Secretary-General has appointed a Special Envoy, who has just
visited Libya. We have not had the benefit of his report or even a report
from the Secretariat on his assessment as yet. This would have given us an
objective analysis of the situation on ground. The African Union is also
sending a High Level Panel to Libya to make serious efforts for a peaceful
end to the crisis there. We must stress the importance of political efforts,
including those of the Secretary-General's Special Envoy, to address the

3. The resolution that the Council has adopted today authorizes far reaching
measures under Chapter VII of the UN Charter with relatively little credible
information on the situation on the ground in Libya. We also do not have
clarity about details of enforcement measures, including who and with what
assets will participate and how these measures will be exactly carried out.
It is, of course, very important that there is full respect for sovereignty,
unity and territorial integrity of Libya.

4. Mr President, the financial measures that are proposed in the resolution
could impact, directly or through indirect routes, ongoing trade and
investment activities of a number of member-states thereby adversely
affecting the economic interests of the Libyan people and others dependent
on these trade and economic ties. Moreover, we had to ensure that the
measures will mitigate and not exacerbate an already difficult situation for
the people of Libya. Clarity in the resolution on any spill-over affects of
these measures would have been very important.

5. Mr President, we have abstained on the resolution in view of the above. I
would like to re-emphasize that India continues to be gravely concerned
about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Libya and calls on the
Libyan authorities to cease fire, protect the civilian population and
address the legitimate demands of the Libyan people


Vivek Rao



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