India supports Palestine’s independence, supports UN membership


New York: The war continues between Israel and Hamas. Meanwhile, India has reiterated support for a two-state solution, where the people of Palestine can live freely in an independent country within secure borders, taking into account the security needs of Israel. This comment has been made by Ruchira Kamboj, India’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN).

According to a report by news agency ANI, Kamboj was commenting at the UNGA meeting on Wednesday after a permanent member of the Security Council vetoed Palestine’s application for membership in the United Nations on April 18. Kamboj expressed hope that Palestine’s membership would be reconsidered at an appropriate time and Palestine’s effort to become a member of the United Nations would be supported.

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On April 18, the US used its veto power to block a UN Security Council resolution granting statehood to Palestine. In a vote of 12–1, there was one American veto and two abstentions. The UNSC did not adopt a draft resolution that recommends the General Assembly to hold a vote with the broader UN membership to allow Palestine to join as a full UN member state.

India expressed its views
Kamboj said that ‘My leadership has repeatedly emphasized that only a two-state solution achieved through direct and meaningful negotiations between the two sides on final status issues will provide lasting peace.’ He further said that ‘India is committed to supporting a two-state solution where the Palestinian people can live freely in an independent country within secure borders, while taking into account Israel’s security needs. To reach a lasting solution, we urge all parties to promote favorable conditions for resuming direct peace talks at the earliest.’

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