New Delhi | Indicative of a shift in its Israel policy, India has abstained from a vote against the West Asian country at the UN Human Rights council (UNHRC) in Geneva.
The Resolution welcomed a UNHRC report which found evidence of ”alleged war crimes” committed during the 2014 Gaza conflict. It also called for accountability of Israeli officials.
As many as 41 countries voted in favour of the resolution, while the US voted against it. Besides India, four more countries, including Kenya and Macedonia, also abstained from voting.
However, the Ministry of External Affairs has denied that the abstaining from vote at UNHRC reflected any change towards Palestine.
”There is no change in Indias long-standing position on support to the Palestinian cause,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. ”The issue in this particular Resolution was the reference to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
India is not a signatory to the Rome Statute establishing the ICC. In the past also, whenever a Human Rights Council resolution had made a direct reference to the ICC, as had happened in the Resolutions on Syria and North Korea, our general approach had been to abstain,” he said.
”We have followed the same principle in our voting on this Resolution,” he said.
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