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India abstains from voting on UNGA decision on Myanmar over lack of ‘constructive’ strategy

The decision, which referred to as for the restoration of Myanmar’s democracy, was voted ‘sure’ by 119 international locations. Belarus voted ‘no’ and India, with 35 others together with China and Russia, abstained

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United Nations: India has abstained on a UN General Assembly decision on Myanmar, saying its views haven’t been mirrored within the draft decision and a “consultative and constructive” strategy involving Myanmar’s neighbouring international locations is vital because the worldwide group strives for the peaceable decision of the problem.

The UNGA adopted a decision on Myanmar on Friday that referred to as upon “the Myanmar armed forces to respect the people’s will as freely expressed by results of the general election of 8 November, 2020, to end the state of emergency, to respect all human rights of people of Myanmar and to allow the sustained democratic transition of Myanmar, including the opening of the democratically elected parliament, and by working towards bringing all national institutions, including the armed forces, under a fully inclusive civilian government that is representative of the people’s will”.

The decision was adopted with 119 international locations voting “yes”, Belarus voting “no” and India together with 35 different international locations abstaining, together with China and Russia.

In its rationalization, India mentioned, “We find that our views have not been reflected in the draft being considered for adoption today. We would like to reiterate that a consultative and constructive approach involving the neighbouring countries and the region, remains important as the international community strives for the peaceful resolution of the issue”.

“The fact that there is lack of support from all neighbouring countries as well as several countries in the region itself should, hopefully, serve as an eye-opener to those who choose to pursue a hasty course of action,” India mentioned.

It added that it doesn’t imagine that the tabling of this decision for adoption at this juncture, is “conducive to aiding our joint efforts towards strengthening democratic process in Myanmar”.

“We are therefore constrained to abstain,” India mentioned.

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