Insisting on strengthening maritime security, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called for a peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law and a joint fight against maritime threats posed by non-state actors as he chaired a public debate high-level UN Security Council.
Addressing the debate on “ Strengthening Maritime Security – A Case for International Cooperation ” via video conference, Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to chair a public debate at the UN Security Council, proposed five principles for a strategy inclusive maritime safety, and mentioned India’s ‘SAGAR’ vision for sustainable use of the oceans.
He also stressed that the oceans are the common world heritage and that sea routes are the lifeline of international trade. He also pointed out that sea routes were being misused for terrorism and piracy.
” We need a framework of mutual cooperation in order to conserve and use our common maritime heritage. Such a framework cannot be created by any country alone. It requires the joint efforts of all of us, ”Modi said.
Stressing that the common maritime heritage of countries faces many challenges, the Prime Minister said: “We must remove obstacles to legitimate maritime trade. The global prosperity of all our nations depends on the active flow of maritime commerce. Any obstacle to maritime trade can threaten the global economy. ” Noting that maritime free trade has always been part of India’s civilizational ethic, Modi said that New Delhi has put SAGAR’s vision forward – security and growth for all in the region – and he wanted to create an inclusive framework for maritime security in the region.
The vision is for a safe, secure and stable maritime domain. For maritime free trade, it is also necessary that we fully respect the rights of seafarers from other countries, ”he said.
The second principle, he said, is that the settlement of maritime disputes must be peaceful and based on international law.
His remarks are gaining prominence amid China’s maritime territorial disputes with countries in the South China Sea and East China Sea Indo-Pacific region. China claims sovereignty over the entire South China Sea. Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan have counterclaims.
This is very important for mutual trust. This is the only way to ensure world peace and stability, ” he said.
Modi said it was with this understanding and maturity that India resolved its maritime border issues with neighbor Bangladesh.
He said the third key principle was that the global community should jointly tackle maritime threats posed by natural disasters and non-state actors, and added that India has taken several steps to strengthen regional cooperation to resolve these problems.
India has taken several steps to strengthen regional cooperation on this issue, he added.
We have provided support for hydrographic surveys and training of maritime security personnel in several countries. India’s role in the Indian Ocean has been that of an Internet security provider, ”he added.
Preserving the environment and maritime resources and encouraging responsible maritime connectivity were the fourth and fifth principles set out by the Prime Minister.
“Our oceans have a direct impact on our climate and therefore it is very important that we keep our maritime environment free from pollutants such as plastic waste and oil spills,” he said.
“I am convinced that we can develop a global roadmap for maritime security cooperation based on these five principles,” he added.
All the participants in the debate welcomed the five-point principles proposed by Prime Minister Modi.
“A productive open debate of the UNSC on maritime security. UNSC chaired for the first time by an Indian Prime Minister. Two Presidents, a Prime Minister and ten Ministers joined Prime Minister @narendramodi on this important occasion, ”said Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, who later chaired the meeting as Foreign Minister, in a series of tweets.
He said 10 non-Council members sent their written position stressing that the debate was timely and relevant. “The PM articulated five key maritime principles – on trade, disputes, natural disasters, environment and connectivity,” he said in another tweet.
“Declaration on Maritime Safety adopted unanimously by the United Nations Security Council. Thank all Council members for supporting the first signing event of the Indian presidency, ”he added.
The high-level meeting brought together several heads of state and government of member states of the United Nations Security Council, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as well as high-level rapporteurs the United Nations system and major regional organizations. .
India also looked after the interests of the entire African continent by inviting the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Christophe Lutundula Apala PenApala, who represented the President of the DRC, in his capacity as President of the African Union, brief the Council.
The open debate focused on how to effectively combat maritime crime and insecurity and strengthen coordination in the maritime field.
The UN Security Council has discussed and adopted resolutions on various aspects of maritime security and maritime crime in the past.
However, this is the first time that maritime safety has been discussed holistically as an exclusive agenda item in such a high level public debate.
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