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India abstains from part of Bali Declaration against Mayanmar

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In a show of solidarity with Myanmar, India today refused to be a part of a declaration adopted at an international conference here as it carried “inappropriate” reference to violence in Rakhine state from where 125,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh.

According to the Times of India newspaper, an Indian parliamentary delegation, led by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, dissociated itself from the ‘Bali Declaration’ adopted at the ‘World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development’ held here in Indonesia.

“This was in view of the fact that the declaration, which was to be adopted at the conclusion of the Forum, was not in line with the agreed global principles of ‘sustainable development’,” said a press release issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat.

The PR said India reiterated its stance that the purpose of convening the Parliamentary forum was to arrive at a consensus forSustainable Development Goals, therefore the proposed reference to the violence in Rakhine state in the declaration was considered inappropriate.

The Indian delegation took the stance on the day Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his visit to Myanmar where he expressed solidarity with the government there against the “extremist violence” in the Rakhine state.

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