`Conflict actors` exploiting COVID-19 pandemic for misinformation, terror assaults: India at UNSC

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New Delhi: In an oblique reference to Pakistan, India has mentioned that “conflict actors” are attempting to use the present uncertainty created on account of COVID-19 pandemic to indulge misinformation and terrorist assaults. 

In an announcement on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), India mentioned, “Some conflict actors are exploiting the current climate of uncertainty to press their agendas, including through spread of misinformation to foment discord and violence and even sponsor opportunistic terrorist attacks.”

Highlighting how COVID-19 pandemic has “caused global disruption” on a “scale that has not been experienced before by this generation”, the assertion mentioned, “the pandemic is still raging, and its implications, though hard to foretell in exact terms, is certain to be profound and multidimensional”.

India mentioned, “Pandemics can exacerbate the humanitarian consequences of any conflict situation….maintenance of peace and security, including UN peacekeeping operations.”

The UN Secretary-General in a gathering of Security Council on April 9 had identified how the pandemic can result in erosion of belief in public establishments, an increase in societal tensions and so forth. 

India advised the usage of “digital solutions” to deliver communities nearer collectively particularly in sharing life-saving data on find out how to survive the pandemic and it’s “important for international players to look at a model of international development and humanitarian action which will strengthen not just the national response to COVID-19 but also promote essential pillars of peacebuilding”.