India abstains in UNHRC vote on Palestine resolution

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India abstains in UNHRC vote

Geneva/New Delhi: India abstained from a UN Human Rights Council vote to adopt a UN Inquiry Commission report on ‘Operation Protective Edge’ conducted by Israel in Gaza last year. India, later clarified that there was no change in its stance, on support to the Palestinian cause. The resolution on “ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem” was adopted on Friday at the UNHRC.

There were 41 votes in favour. Five abstentions – India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Macedonia and Paraguay. United States was the only country to vote against it. “We are not a party to the Rome Statute or the International Criminal Court (ICC) for reasons that have been enumerated earlier. Taking that into account India has decided to abstain from this resolution”, as stated by Ajit Kumar, The Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

While Israeli media described India’s decision as “an unprecedented achievement for Israel”, the Indian Ministry for External affairs quickly put out a statement saying there was no change in India’s, “long standing position on support to the Palestinian cause.”

On Monday, an independent UN commission of inquiry came out with its report on Operation Protective Edge. The report indicated that both Hamas and Israel had committed war crimes in the Gaza strip last year.

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