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India highlights problem of `state complicity` in terrorism

India on Thursday underlined the problem of "state complicity" in terrorism and called for a global pact to combat the menace.



United Nations: India on Thursday underlined the
problem of "state complicity" in terrorism and called for a
global pact to combat the menace.
"We must squarely face the issue of state complicity,"
said Hardeep Singh Puri, India?s permanent ambassador to the
UN during a discussion on the root causes, impact and
responses to terrorism.

He said while some states justify acts of terrorism,
others "have also irresponsibly used terrorism as an
instrument of state policy".

"Nations that believe they can switch violence on and
turn it off are being short-sighted," he stressed.

He warned that terrorists will be the first to turn on
their erstwhile benefactors once these benefactors have
outlived their utility.

The top Indian envoy also underlined the need of a
‘global compact’ to battle terrorism.
He described the failure of the UN to produce a
comprehensive treaty as one of the most "egregious instance of
institutional failure."

"UN response has been sub-optimal," he said, noting
that throwing money at the problem or using more force will
not end terrorism.

PTI

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