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India refuses to endorse joint communique favoring Ukraine

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On the 16th of June, India rejected to endorse a joint communique at the Summit on peace in Ukraine held in Switzerland, which said that any peace agreement should be based on Ukraine’s territorial integrity. India while refusing to endorse the “Joint Communique on a Peace Framework” said that “only those options acceptable to both parties can lead to abiding peace.” It must be noted here, that while Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy addressed the Summit on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin was not even invited.

Other than India, some BRICS members, including South Africa, Brazil, and the UAE, did not endorse the communique, which was signed by 83 out of 100 participants. Moreover, other countries who refused to sign the communiqué included Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, Libya, Suriname, Indonesia, and Mexico.

At the summit, India was represented by a secretary-level official and the country did not consider participation at the ministerial level keeping in view, the attempts by the West to keep Russia out.

Notably, India was represented by Pavan Kapoor, MEA Secretary (West). In a statement from Switzerland, he stated that India would only be included in the joint statement if it was brought up without the participation of both parties to the conflict.

“In our view, only those solutions acceptable to both parties can lead to abiding peace. In line with this approach, we have decided to avoid association with the joint communique or any other document emerging from this summit,” Kapoor said.

“We continue to believe that such a peace requires bringing together all stakeholders and a sincere and practical engagement between the two parties to the conflict. Accordingly, we will continue to engage with all stakeholders as well as two parties to the conflict to contribute to all earnest efforts to achieve lasting peace in Ukraine. Our participation in the summit and continued engagement with all stakeholders is with the view of understanding different perspectives, approaches, and options to find a sustainable way forward for a sustainable resolution of the conflict,” Kapoor added.

India also reiterated its approach that the Ukraine-Russia conflict should be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy. “India’s participation in the Summit, as well as in the preceding NSA/Political Director-level meetings based on Ukraine’s Peace Formula, was in line with our consistent approach to facilitate a lasting and peaceful resolution to the conflict through dialogue and diplomacy. We continue to believe that such a resolution requires a sincere and practical engagement between the two parties to the conflict. In this regard, India will continue to remain engaged with all stakeholders as well as both the parties to contribute to all earnest efforts to bring about an early and abiding peace,” the MEA in its official statement said.

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