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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar speaks at a UN Security Council briefing on maintaining peace and security in Ukraine, in New York on Thursday. (ANI images)

New York: Noting that the course of the conflict in Ukraine is a source of deep concern to the entire international community, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday that the world has seen its consequences in terms of rising costs and shortages of food grains, fertilizers and fuel.

Speaking at the UN Security Council briefing on “fighting impunity” in Ukraine, the minister said the need of the hour is to end the conflict in Ukraine and return to the negotiating table. This council is the most powerful symbol of diplomacy. It must continue to fulfill its purpose.

Jaishankar recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments on the conflict in Ukraine during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit. India, a non-permanent member of the Security Council, along with other members attended Thursday’s meeting.

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The Council was represented by foreign ministers at the meeting. This was the first face-to-face meeting between US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ukrainian Dmytro Kuleba, who attended the meeting because his country is the subject of discussion.

The course of the conflict in Ukraine is a source of deep concern for the entire international community. The outlook looks really disturbing. In a globalized world, its impact is felt even in the most remote areas. We have all experienced its consequences in terms of rising costs and a virtual shortage of food grains, fertilizer and fuel. The Global South, in particular, feels the pain most. “We should not initiate actions that further complicate the global economy,” Jaishankar said.

That is why India strongly emphasizes the need for an immediate cessation of all hostilities and a return to dialogue and diplomacy. Obviously, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized, this cannot be an era of war.

Referring to the specific topic before the council, Jaishankar emphasized that even in conflict situations, there can be no justification for violating human rights or international law. “If any of these acts occur, it is necessary to investigate them in an objective and independent manner.

This was the position we took with regard to the Bucha killings. This is the situation until today. The Council will also remember that we then supported calls for an independent investigation into this incident.

Jaishankar said the fight against impunity is critical to the larger pursuit of peace and justice. The Security Council must send an unequivocal and unequivocal message on this issue. Politics should never provide a cover for evasion of accountability. Nor in fact to facilitate impunity.

Sadly, we’ve seen that very recently in this very room, when it comes to punishing some of the world’s most feared terrorists. “If horrific attacks in broad daylight are left unpunished, this Council must reflect on the signals we are sending about impunity.

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There has to be consistency if we are to ensure credibility. On Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmyal thanked India and asked India to “join efforts” to stop the Russian invasion when he met Jaishankar. India remained neutral in the face of the Russian invasion by abstaining from voting in the Assembly and Assembly condemning Moscow.

It has provided humanitarian aid to Ukraine and recently voted with the West on a procedural vote to invite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to speak remotely to the council despite Russia’s opposition.

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