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Globally Recognized State Sponsors of Terrorism Used Covid-19 to Increase Recruitment: India at UNSC | India News

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UNITED NATIONS: Globally recognized sponsors of terrorism states have used the Covid-19 pandemic to increase recruitment and infiltration activities to spread the ‘poison of terror’, while India and other nations launched vaccination campaigns and are helping others during the Global health crisis, India told the UN Security Council on Monday, in an evening reference to Pakistan.
India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Nagaraj Naidu made the remarks while speaking at the UN Security Council briefing on ‘Maintenance of international peace and security: follow-up on the implementation of resolution 2532 ‘.
“While countries like India have launched vaccination campaigns and helped others during the pandemic, there are countries that continue to foment terror and indulge in widespread hate speech and disinformation campaigns,” Naidu said.
“As we work with the scientific community, the medical fraternity, industry and academia to find solutions to Covid-19, these globally recognized state sponsors of terrorism have used the pandemic to increase recruitment and infiltration activity to spread the word. poison of terror. The international community needs to hold these countries accountable for their actions, ”he said.
Naidu noted that India is “happy” that Resolution 2532 had the “foresight” to recognize the threats posed by such state sponsors of terrorism and ensured that the Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire did not apply to individuals. and terrorist entities included in the Council’s list.
After almost three months of differences and negotiations, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted the first resolution related to Covid-19 in July last year, demanding a general and immediate cessation of hostilities around the world.
By resolution 2532 (2020), the 15-member body had called on all parties to armed conflicts to immediately take a lasting humanitarian pause for at least 90 consecutive days to enable the safe, unimpeded and sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, and provision of related services by impartial humanitarian actors, in accordance with the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.
The pause would also have allowed for medical evacuations, in accordance with international law, including international humanitarian and refugee law, as appropriate.
The resolution had stated that the “general and immediate” cessation of hostilities and the humanitarian pause “do not apply to military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Daesh), Al Qaeda and the Front. Al Nusra. (ANF), and all other individuals, groups, companies and entities associated with Al Qaeda or ISIL, and other terrorist groups, that have been designated by the Security Council. ”
Naidu said that while the Secretary-General’s noble call for a global ceasefire and 90-day humanitarian pause were well-intentioned, many of the ceasefires announced in the wake of the call were not negotiated and, as such, have expired or in some cases they have been broken.
“In conflict situations, we have not seen the fighting stop and, in some cases, the conflicts have only intensified. It is important that the Secretary General’s call is heeded,” he said.
India reiterated its call for a complete ceasefire in Afghanistan.
Naidu noted that the pandemic has disrupted humanitarian aid flows and threatened hard-to-achieve progress in development and peacebuilding.
“In fragile and conflict-affected states with weak government institutions and shaky health systems, the pandemic has had a devastating impact on vulnerable sectors, especially women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities,” he said.
Naidu said that Covid-19 has also highlighted the vulnerabilities of states in dealing with threats posed by misuse of social media, disinformation campaigns, potential opportunities for bioterrorism and cyber attacks on critical infrastructure.

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