New Delhi: India is quite hopeful of a
"positive" movement on the Comprehensive Convention on
International Terrorism (CCIT) as only "handful" of countries
were against the text of the long-pending legal framework,
which will come up for discussion at the UN next month.
New Delhi will press for early adoption of the
Convention which would make it binding for all countries to
deny space to terror groups at the current session of UNGA,
sources in External Affairs Ministry today said, adding the
document will be taken up by the ad hoc working group on CCIT
Noting that most UN member states are in support of
the Convention, sources said very small minority states, about
10-15 countries, have concerns and that too will be met with
Chair giving the permission to go for bidding text and will be
taken up in the second half of October.
"We are very hopeful as the momentum is positive.
There is new momentum," a source said, adding CCIT was also
aimed at bridging the gap between the sectoral instruments.
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, who is
representing the country at the General Assembly, will make a
strong pitch for the early adoption of the CCIT as well as
for UN reforms, particularly that of the Security Council for
whose permanent membership India is a strong contender.
He is likely to make an important policy declaration
on disarmament, particularly on the Fissile Material Control
Treaty, sources said without divulging details.
Krishna, who arrived earlier this week in New York for
10 days, has a packed schedule involving about 15 UN-related
and multilateral meetings like G15, SAARC, NAM, Commonwealth,
G4, disarmament conference, India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA)
and Brazil-Russia-India-China (BRIC).
In his address to the UNGA likely on September 29,
Krishna will highlight the dangers terror poses to the world.
In this context, he will press for early adoption of
the CCIT, the Convention on terrorism which has been stuck for
several years because of differences among countries over
aspects like definition of terrorism and role of armed forces.
Krishna will be meeting Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton and will also attend President Barack Obama`s
reception in New York.