Source : The Indian Express
‘Use or threat of use of nuclear weapons inadmissible’: New Delhi G20 leaders’ declaration on Ukraine war
The consensus declaration adopted by the G20 leaders called for “comprehensive, just, and durable peace in Ukraine” and urged member states to “refrain from the threat of use of force to seek territorial acquisition” or act against the territorial integrity of any state.
The declaration also stressed that the use, or threat of use, of nuclear weapons to be “inadmissible”.
“We call on all states to uphold the principles of international law including territorial integrity and sovereignty, international humanitarian law, and the multilateral system that safeguards peace and stability. The peaceful resolution of conflicts, and efforts to address crises as well as diplomacy and dialogue are critical. We will unite in our endeavour to address the adverse impact of the war on the global economy and welcome all relevant and constructive initiatives that support a comprehensive, just, and durable peace in Ukraine that will uphold all the Purposes and Principles of the UN Charter for the promotion of peaceful, friendly, and good neighbourly relations among nations in the spirit of ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’,” the declaration read.
The adoption of the declaration was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “On the back of the hard work of all the teams, we have received consensus on the G20 Leaders Summit Declaration. I announce the adoption of this declaration,” PM Modi told the G20 leaders in New Delhi.
Stating that there were different views and assessments of the situation, the declaration added: “We highlighted the human suffering and negative added impacts of the war in Ukraine with regard to global food and energy security, supply chains, macro-financial stability, inflation and growth, which has complicated the policy environment for countries, especially developing and least developed countries which are still recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic disruption which has derailed progress towards the SDGs. There were different views and assessments of the situation.”
The G20 leaders, while emphasizing the importance of sustaining food and energy security, called on both the countries for “cessation of military destruction or other attacks on relevant infrastructure”. “We also expressed deep concern about the adverse impact that conflicts have on the security of civilians thereby exacerbating existing socio-economic fragilities and vulnerabilities and hindering an effective humanitarian response,” the declaration read.