Istanbul: Observing that terrorism poses the
"most serious" threat to the world, India on Tuesday pressed for
"decisive" action by the international community to dismantle
the infrastructure of terror groups and end the menace.
Addressing a Summit of 22 Asian countries here on behalf
of India, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma
emphasised the need for early adoption of the Comprehensive
Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) which has been
pending with the United Nations for long.
"Terrorism continues to be the most serious security
threat confronting the international community," Sharma said
at the 3rd Summit of Conference on Interaction and Confidence
Building in Aisa (CICA).
He said all countries should act decisively to dismantle
the infrastructure of terrorism and to effectively deal with
terror groups that have chosen to perpetrate acts of
"The choice before us is stark : We need to decisively
act against this menace," said the minister at the meet being
attended by world leaders, including Russian Prime Minister
"Today, the world is facing non-military threats or
non-traditional security challenges such as international
terrorism, maritime security, piracy and clandestine
proliferation," he said.
He said CICA needs to have the ability to adapt to the
rapidly changing nature of security challenges. "We can no
longer view security in narrow military terms," he said.
India views CICA as an important player in the
development of a cooperative and pluralistic security order in
Asia, based on mutual understanding, trust and sovereign
equality, Sharma said.
He pointed out that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,
while addressing the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington in
April, had voiced concern on possible nuclear terrorism.
Singh had asked the world community to join hands to
"eliminate the risk of sensitive and valuable materials and
technologies falling into the hands of terrorists", Sharma
CICA is a multi-national forum for enhancing
cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in
During the Summit, Iraq and Vietnam became members of
CICA taking the number to 22. India is part of CICA process
since its inception in 1992.