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Palestine 'shocked' at India?s UN abstention
Published : Wednesday, 8 July, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 8

NEW DELHI, July 7 : Hitting out at India's decision to abstain from the U.N. Human Rights Council vote because of "technical reasons," Palestine has said the abstention "marks a departure" from Delhi's "traditional position."
In an exclusive interview to The Hindu, the Palestinian Ambassador to India, Adnan Abu Alhaija, said India's decision has been "affected" by its "burgeoning military relationship with Israel."
"We were shocked. The Palestinian people and leaders were very happy with the U.N. resolution, but the voting of India has broken our happiness," Ambassador Alhaija said.
The remarks, the first on the subject from Palestine, are likely to mean that India's Secretary (East) Anil Wadhwa, who left on Monday for a week-long visit to Israel and Palestine, will face some tough questions from the Palestinian government.
On Friday, India refused to vote against Israel in a resolution related to strikes in Gaza over a period of two months in 2014 that left more than 2,200 dead, including 1,462 Palestinian civilians. The vote was on a report, submitted during the UNHRC's summer session in Geneva a year later, that blamed Israel for what it called "extensive use of weapons with a wide kill and injury radius."
It had also criticised the Hamas militant group for the violence against Israeli citizens, six of whom were killed.
The resolution, which said Israel should bring those responsible for human rights violations to justice, also called on Israel and Hamas to "cooperate fully with International Criminal Court (ICC)."
It was this reference to the ICC that India said it could not support, as it is not a signatory to the Rome Statute that created the ICC, and had similarly abstained from resolutions against Syria and North Korea.
In its statement, the Ministry of External Affairs denied emphatically that there was any "change in India's long-standing position on support to the Palestinian cause", while explaining India's decision to abstain from voting at the U.N. Human Rights Council resolution on Israel's attacks on Gaza in 2014.     ?THE HINDU

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