CPI-M denounces India’s Syria vote

New Delhi, Feb 6: The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Monday denounced India’s vote for a UN resolution condemning the crackdown in Syria and called for diplomatic efforts to bring peace to Syria.

Recalling that India had abstained during a similar vote on Libya, the CPI-M said: “It was this resolution … which paved the way for the US and NATO to launch a military attack and effect a regime change there.”

It said the current resolution on Syria sponsored by the Arab League with Western backing would have led to a similar situation but for its veto by Russia and China.

“The explanation provided by the (Indian) government obfuscates the fact that a serious attempt is on to foment a civil war in Syria, and armed groups and weaponry are being sent inside with the help of NATO allies in the region.

“Further, the talk of intervention on the basis of democratic rights and liberties in Syria is hypocritical given the record of many Arab League members like Saudi Arabia who have the full backing of the West for their despotic regimes,” a CPI-M statement said.

The CPI-M urged the Indian government to declare “that it is against all efforts to destabilize the situation in Syria, and that diplomatic efforts be pursued for a solution”.