In a stern message to China, India’s presidential statement after the open discussion of the United Nations Security Council (UNNSC) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi categorically reaffirmed that the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, The legal framework for the activities has been laid down. The United Nations Security Council accepted India’s Presidential Statement on Maritime Security.
India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador TS Tirumurti said in a video message, “The high-level meeting on Maritime Security at the UN Security Council was historic in many ways.” Tirumurti said, “The Presidential Statement on the Comprehensive Concept of Maritime Security has been adopted for the first time in this meeting of the Security Council. In addition to mentioning piracy, armed robbery and transnational organized crime, the statement clearly states that the 1982 United Nations Convention sets out the legal framework for maritime activities.
In the Presidential Statement (PRST) adopted unanimously by a fifteen-nation body, the Security Council has reaffirmed that ‘the legal framework for international law applicable to maritime activities as reflected in the United Nations Conference on Maritime Law (UNCLOS) held in the United States on 10 December 1982. determines.’ The adoption of this presidential statement of India by the Security Council is being considered a strong message to China, which has been asserting its claim on various maritime areas including the South China Sea and wants to increase its influence in the Indo-Pacific region as well.
Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Modi chaired a high-level open discussion of the United Nations Security Council on the need for enhanced maritime security and international cooperation in the region. During this, the Prime Minister presented five principles for an inclusive maritime security strategy, including maritime trade and peaceful settlement of disputes under international law.