In the wake of Russia’s assault on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant in Ukraine, India on Friday cautioned that any accident involving nuclear amenities could have extreme penalties for public well being and the atmosphere, whereas asserting that the UN Security Council “must acknowledge” the urgent humanitarian disaster confronting Ukraine.
“India attaches the highest importance to ensuring safety and security of nuclear facilities as any accident involving the nuclear facilities may have severe consequences for public health and the environment,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador TS Tirumurti instructed the UN Security Council.
The 15-nation Council held an emergency session, referred to as by Albania, France, Ireland, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States on Friday, following Russia’s assault on the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Plant in southeastern Ukraine.
Mr Tirumurti mentioned India continues to rigorously comply with the developments relating to the protection and safety of Ukraine’s nuclear energy reactors and amenities and added that India accords the very best precedence to the discharge by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of its safeguards and monitoring actions, in in accordance with its Statute in an efficient, non-discriminatory and environment friendly method.
“We have also noted the latest information available with regard to the nuclear power plants and facilities in Ukraine,” together with updates supplied by the IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi on the present state of affairs.
Mr Tirumurti mentioned whereas the Council discusses the nuclear dimension of an unfolding battle, the UN physique should acknowledge that there’s a “pressing humanitarian crisis confronting us in Ukraine, where safety and security of innocent civilians including several thousand Indian nationals, in particular students are at stake.”
He expressed hope that the second spherical of talks between Russia and Ukraine contributes to the fast institution of a secure humanitarian hall.
Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo instructed the assembly that each effort ought to be taken to keep away from a catastrophic nuclear incident.
“Military operations around nuclear sites and other critical civilian infrastructure are not only unacceptable but highly irresponsible. Ukraine knows only too well the devastation a major nuclear accident can cause. The Chernobyl disaster in 1986 stands as a lasting example of why it is vital to ensure all nuclear power plants have the highest standards of safety and security,” DiCarlo mentioned.
Mr Tirumurti mentioned it’s “regrettable” that the state of affairs in Ukraine has worsened additional because the Security Council final convened on this matter final week.
Mr Tirumurti reiterated that an “immediate cessation” of violence and finish to all hostilities are important.
He added that as repeated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his conversations with international leaders, together with of the Russian Federation and Ukraine, variations have to be resolved via sustained dialogue and diplomacy.
“Commitment to the principles of the UN Charter, to international law and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states are key principles in this regard.”