Biological activities in Ukraine: India calls for ban on weapons of mass destruction
India has raised concern over alleged biological laboratories in the East European country
Amidst Russia’s allegation over the issue of alleged biological laboratories in Ukraine, India at the UNSC meet on Friday underlined the importance of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention.
“We have noted the recent statements by States and wider information regarding biological activities relating to Ukraine,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti said at a meeting called by Russia at the UNSC to discuss the issue of alleged biological laboratories in the East European country.
“In this context, we would like to underline the importance attached by India to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) as a key global and non-discriminatory disarmament Convention, prohibiting an entire category of weapons of mass destruction,” Ambassador TS Tirumurti said.
He stressed that it is important to ensure full and effective implementation of the BTWC should be made in letter and spirit.
“We also believe that any matters relating to obligations under the BTWC should be addressed as per the provisions of the Convention, and through consultation and cooperation between the parties concerned,” he said.
Noting that India has repeatedly expressed serious concern over the on-going situation in Ukraine, Tirumurti said New Delhi sincerely hopes the on-going direct negotiations between Russia and Ukraine will lead to the cessation of hostilities.
“There is no other alternative except the path of democracy and dialogue,” he added.
The Indian Ambassador to the UN said the dire humanitarian situation that prevails in Ukraine needed immediate and urgent attention.
He once again called upon member states to adhere to the principles of UN Charter and International law and respect the sovereignty and integrity of states.