General Assembly Security Council

UNSC Briefing on agenda item

“Letter Russian Federation PR (S/2014/264)”

 

INDIA STATEMENT

By

Ambassador K. Nagaraj Naidu

Deputy Permanent Representative

 

11 February 2021

 

Thank you, Madam President,

 

We would like to thank USG Dicarlo, Special Representative OSCE Ambassador Heidi Grau, and Chief Monitor Mr. Çevik for their useful briefings on the occasion of the 6th anniversary of the Package of Measures for the implementation of the Minsk Agreements endorsed unanimously by Resolution 2202.

 

2. Peaceful settlement of disputes in a manner that international peace, security, and justice are not threatened, forms the very foundation of international law.  Peace is at the very heart of the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. Article 33 furthermore provides member states a number of alternatives to choose from in resolving their disputes.

 

Madam President,

 

3. When parties to a dispute come to mutually negotiated agreements, such agreements take precedence even over resolutions adopted by the Security Council, since these agreements are not externally imposed but are mutually agreed between the parties concerned and hence have every chance of success.

 

4. We believe that the Minsk Agreements, provide a basis for a negotiated and peaceful settlement of the situation in Eastern Ukraine.  We also believe that meetings under the Normandy Format will further facilitate the resolution of the issues related to the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Agreements, including its key security and political aspects.

 

5. India welcomes all efforts aimed at reducing tension in the region and hope that all sides will constructively work together to find political and diplomatic solutions to the issue.

 

Thank You Madam President