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Action on Syria under UN framework, says PM

world Updated: Sep 06, 2013 12:57 IST
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N. Madhavan
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told G20 leaders over dinner India’s carefully calibrated position on the prospect of an attack on Syria: Wait for real proof on chemical weapons, and do nothing except under the umbrella of the United Nations.

Montek Singh Ahluwalia, who is the chief aide for the prime minister in the summit taking at the Strelna island -- one of the 42 that make up this historic city – admitted that Thursday night’s dinner was dominated by talk on Syria and its alleged use of chemical weapons, although the official agenda of the summit is global economic growth and its aspects.

Ahluwalia said the prime minister said “We condemn the use of chemical weapons withether it is in Syria or elsewhere” but “we should be certain of what happened.”

“Whatever happens should be under the UN’s auspices and not outside the framework,” Ahluwalia said, explaining Dr Singh’s dinner-time talk that reflected India’s policy.

US president Barack Obama is drumming up support in the Congress – the American parliament – to approve an attack. Russian president Vladimir Putin, as the leader of G20’s current presidency, is clearly against it. The UN has been drawn in to seek evidence on whether chemicals weapons were used.