London: Days after it voted for splitting of
al-Qaeda and Taliban on the UN sanctions list, India has said
the challenge before this regime is to ensure elimination of
terrorism and warned against any "dilution" of efforts in this
The challenge before the UN`s 1267 resolution which
established the sanctions regime "is to ensure complete
commitment to eliminating the scourge of terrorism, and to
resist the dilution of such efforts for reasons that may seem
compelling today but may not withstand the test of ground
realities," Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said.
Though India had reservations, it recently voted in
favour of a UNSC resolution splitting Taliban and al-Qaeda in
the international sanctions regime in a bid to help Afghan
government`s reconciliation and reintegration efforts with
"We also consider the 1267 regime against al-Qaeda and
Taliban as a core instrument available to the international
community in our fight against terrorism," Rao said yesterday,
addressing the International Institute for Strategic Studies
In her speech, Rao also briefed the think-tank about
India`s reconstruction efforts in war-torn Afghanistan.
"We help Afghanistan in its reconstruction efforts with
the aim of bringing peace and stability in that country," she
During his recent visit to Afghanistan, Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh announced an additional assistance of USD 500
million, over and above India`s existing commitments of USD
1.5 billion, she noted.
India`s assistance programme is spread across Afghanistan
and spans almost the entire gamut of economic and social
developmental activities. It places particular emphasis
on capacity building and human resource development, Rao said.
The Foreign Secretary also explained India`s `Look East`
policy which she said has seen the country`s quick integration
with Southeast and East Asia at the strategic, political,
economic, cultural and people-to-people levels.
The `Look East` policy, enunciated in the early 90s,
represented India`s vision of the changing dynamics in
international relations, she said.
"It was meant, at a fundamental level, to reconnect and
reach out in the civilisational space we share with our near
neighbours in Southeast Asia, and catalyse the sharing of
capacities and opportunities to improve the economic well-
being of our peoples.
"Our relationship with the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN) was the natural pivot in this deepening
collaboration. It is a fact little recognised that India is as
much a Southeast Asian nation as a South Asian nation, given
the rich linguistic and ethnic mosaic of our Northeast, and
the fact that we share borders with a large ASEAN nation ?
Myanmar," Rao noted.