“While countries like India have launched vaccination drives and assisting others during the pandemic, there are countries which continue to foment terror and indulge in hate speech and widespread disinformation campaigns,” India’s Deputy Permanent Representative Nagaraj Naidu at a UNSC Briefing on ‘Maintenance of international peace and security: Follow-up on the implementation of resolution 2532 (2020)’
It may be noted that Chinese state run media has pulled up India’s vaccine diplomacy.
“While we are working with the scientific community, medical fraternity, industry and academia to find solutions to COVID19, these globally recognized state sponsors of terrorism have used the pandemic to ramp up recruitment and infiltration activity tospread the venom of terror. The international community needs to hold these countries accountable for their actions,” Naidu said with reference to Pakistan.
“We are glad that Resolution 2532 had the foresight to recognize the threats posed by such state sponsors of terrorism and ensured that the Secretary General’s global ceasefire call did not apply to Council listed individuals and terrorist entities.”
India has also assisted more than 150 countries through urgent health and medical supplies. “We have pledged US$15 million for GAVI and operationalized the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for our neighbors with an initial contribution of US$10 million. In the spirit of South-South cooperation, through the US$150 million India-UN Development Partnership Fund, we have responded to member states’ requests for COVID-19 related assistance.”
The pandemic has also highlighted vulnerabilities of States to deal with threats posed by the misuse of social media, disinformation campaigns, possible opportunities forbioterrorism, and cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure, Naidu pointed out.
With reference to ceasefire violation by Taliban during pandemic, Naidu pointed out, “The Secretary-General’s noble call for a global ceasefire and the 90-day humanitarian pause was well intentioned. However, many of the ceasefires announced in the wake of the call were not negotiated and as such have since expired or in some cases broken down. In conflict situations, we have seen no let-up in fighting, and in some cases, conflicts have only intensified. It is important that the call by the Secretary-General is heeded to. In this context, we reiterate our call for a comprehensive ceasefire in Afghanistan.”