General Assembly Security Council

Explanation of Vote (EoV)

[30 September 2022]


Statement by Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj

Permanent Representative of India to the UN


Mr. President,


India is deeply disturbed by the recent turn of developments in Ukraine. We have always advocated that no solution can ever be arrived at the cost of human lives.


2.  We urge that all efforts are made by concerned sides for the immediate cessation of violence and hostilities.


3.    Dialogue is the only answer to settling differences and disputes, however daunting that may appear at this moment. The path to peace requires us to keep all channels of diplomacy open.


4.     India’s Prime Minister has unequivocally conveyed this in his discussions with world leaders, including with the Presidents of the Russian Federation and Ukraine; so has our External Affairs Minister in his recent engagements at the General Assembly last week. 


5.     India’s Prime Minister has also emphasized that this cannot be an era of war. We, therefore, sincerely hope for an early resumption of peace talks to bring about an immediate ceasefire and resolution of the conflict.


6.     India’s position has been clear and consistent from the very beginning of this conflict. The global order is anchored on the principles of the UN Charter, international law and respect for sovereignty and the territorial integrity of all states.


7.     Escalation of rhetoric or tensions is in no one’s interest. It is important that pathways are found for a return to the negotiating table. Keeping in view the totality of the evolving situation, India has decided to abstain on this resolution.


I thank you Mr. President.