‘Few nations exploiting COVID crisis to disrupt peace’

United Nations , Aug 13:

India at the UN said that the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted initiatives that contribute to peacebuilding and exacerbated conflict situations, stressing that some conflict actors are exploiting the current uncertain climate to press their agendas through misinformation and even sponsor opportunistic terrorist attacks.

“We are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused global disruption on a scale that has not been experienced before by this generation,” India said in a statement to the High-Level open debate of the UN Security Council on Pandemics and the Challenges of Sustaining Peace’ on Wednesday.

The pandemic has “impacted adversely almost all initiatives which usually go on to contribute to peacebuilding. In some ways, it has served to exacerbate conflict situations to the extent that we now have to tackle more strife and conflict as well as a growing humanitarian crisis rather than address some of the other important issues relating to peacebuilding, India said. In the context of the pandemic, India suggested that the immediate focus of the international community should be on ensuring that the humanitarian needs of the community which are in a conflict are met so that lack of availability of minimum needs itself does not become a matter of greater conflict.

In his remarks, Guterres said the international community’s responses to the pandemic must be conflict-sensitive, starting with a multidimensional analysis that looks at how the pandemic affects underlying risks that drive conflict.

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