India seeks adoption of international treaty on terror

India`s envoy to the UN has asked the world leaders to negotiate an intl treaty to tackle terrorism.

United Nations: Concerned over the latest attack on its embassy in Kabul, India has asked world leaders to strengthen the legal framework in the fight against terror by expeditiously concluding negotiations on an international treaty proposed by it to tackle the menace.

"Our embassy in Kabul was again subjected to yet another
terrorist attack, which has resulted in injury of Indian
security personnel as well as death of large number of Afghan
civilians," India`s envoy to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri, told
a General Assembly committee.

"While it is important for the international community to
condemn terrorism and these attacks in an unequivocal manner,
it is also critical that we strengthen the legal framework in
the fight against terrorism," he said.

The Taliban had claimed responsibility for the bombing,
saying that the Indian embassy "was the main target".

The top Indian diplomat stressed that in view of the
growing threat of terror attacks, it was time to wrap up the
draft for the `Comprehensive Convention on International
Terrorism (CCIT)` since the document submitted by India had
been under negotiations for years.

"Countless innocent lives have been lost to heinous
terrorist attacks. It is imperative that our resolve against
perpetrators of such attacks now be manifested in a strong and
resolute manner," Puri told the committee that handles a range
of social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues
affecting people all over the world.

"It is time for the global community to conclude the
negotiations and make a firm commitment by adopting the
Convention," he added.

A revised draft of the treaty against terrorism was
submitted by India in 2001 to the UN. It is now stuck for a
variety of legal and technical issues including differences
over the definition of terrorism.

Earlier, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the
attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul as a "senseless" act.

"The Secretary-General strongly condemns the senseless
attack that took place in Kabul, in the vicinity of the
Indian Embassy and the Afghan Ministry of the Interior,"
Michelle Montas, spokesperson for Ban, said.

The UN Security Council also deplored the "reprehensible"
attack demanding that those responsible be brought to justice.

Bureau Report