PM Narendra Modi proposes 5 principles for maritime security cooperation

Prime Minister

Narendra Modi

on Monday proposed five principles to set the roadmap for cooperation between nations for

global maritime security

, a move seen as a clear message to China's aggressive stance in

South China Sea

. Removal of barriers for maritime trade and peaceful settlement of disputes were part of the proposals from the Prime Minister who chaired the debate on "Enhancing Maritime Security - A Case for International Cooperation" via video conferencing.

Modi highlighted that maritime routes were being misused for terrorism and piracy, stressing that oceans were the world's common heritage and sea routes lifeline of international trade.

The meeting that saw participation of Russian President

Vladimir Putin

was meant to discuss ways to counter maritime crime and insecurity, and saw adoption of the

UNSC

outcome document on maritime security for the first time. As per practices, the Presidential Statement has to be adopted unanimously. Though the process was not smooth, with one

P-5

country (read China) holding out till the very end, Indias negotiators were able to frame it in a language acceptable to all, without dropping reference to UNCLOS (

UN

Convention on the Law of the Sea which other P-5 countries insisted on retaining),

ET

has learnt.

Modi is the first Indian prime minister to preside over a UNSC Open Debate.

Elaborating the first principle, Modi said: "We should remove barriers for legitimate maritime trade. Global prosperity depends on the active flow of m....

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