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 18/ 09/ 2002
 

STATEMENT BY MR. YASHWANT SINHA, MINISTER FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
AT THE 57 TH SESSION OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON ANNUAL MEETING
OF MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND HEADS OF THE DELEGATION OF
THE NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT
 

(...) The situation in Iraq continues to be a matter of deep concern. India has historical relations with Iraq and is sensitive to the strategic importance of the region. We note with some satisfaction that the issue is to be deliberated at the UN. We are distressed by the continued suffering of the Iraqi people. We believe that the sanctions should be exercised in tandem with the compliance by Iraq of its obligations under the Security Council Resolutions. We fervently hope that a peaceful and negotiated resolution to the pending issues are found without recourse of military options. India has a stake in the peace and stability in the Gulf region which is our extended neighbourhood. (...)