India endorses UN role on use of chemical weapons in Syria: Montek Singh

Montek Ahluwalia said recent events in Syria dominated discussions during the G-20 Summit dinner.

Written by Shobhana Subramanian | St Petersburg | Published: September 6, 2013 1:48 pm

India endorses the participation of the United Nations (UN),in establishing the use of chemical weapons in Syria,in tune with most other nations and believes that any military action should be authorised by the international forum,Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission,Montek Singh Ahluwalia said on Friday.

Speaking to news persons here,Ahluwalia said that while recent events in Syria had not been discussed during the formal sessions of the G-20 Summit,which began on Thursday,they had,he said,dominated the discussions during dinner.

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According to media reports the US and France are convinced that action is called for.

India believes it is important to be certain of all the facts,relating to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria,keeping in mind past experiences and that any action taken should under the auspices of the UN.

The Prime Minister,Manmohan Singh,Ahluwalia said,was of the view that action should not be aimed at a regime change in Syria.

The UN,it is believed,will have completed its research,in a few days. “The secretary general did not indicate any timelines but the impression I gathered was that it could take several days,” Ahluwalia said.

The UN has mobilised a team of scientists to collect evidence on the use of chemical weapons and this would be done by analysing samples of tissues of people both dead and alive.

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