'India supports elimination of chemical weapons material, equipment in Syria': PM

New York, Sep 28 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday said India supports strongly the elimination of chemical weapons material and equipment in Syria.

Addressing the 68th session of United Nations General Assembly here, Dr. Singh said the increasingly lethal conflict in Syria is not only a tragedy for the people of Syria, but also threatens stability and security in the region and beyond.

"It has been made worse by the use of chemical weapons. The use of chemical weapons, whosoever may have deployed them, must be condemned in the strongest terms," he added.

Asserting that there is no military solution to this conflict, Dr. Singh said: "We must intensify efforts to end the conflict and seek a political settlement. It is essential that the Geneva-2 conference be convened at the earliest."

Dr. Singh said, "We are encouraged that direct talks have resumed between Israel and Palestine. India supports an early realisation of a sovereign, independent, viable and united State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living within secure and recognised borders side-by-side and at peace with Israel."

"We also remain committed to the Palestinian quest for full membership of the UN," he added.

Dr. Singh further said, "In our own region, Afghanistan prepares for a historic political, security and economic transition."

"The international community must support the people of Afghanistan through this transition and beyond in combating terrorism, preserving the progress of the past decade and creating a stable, united and prosperous Afghanistan," he added. (ANI)


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