India to fight terrorism as UNSC member

India, which has joined the UN Security Council after a of gap of 19 years, is most likely to be given a key responsibility by this powerful 15-membered body in fight against terrorism.

Last Updated: Jan 03, 2011, 09:52 AM IST

Washington: India, which has joined the UN Security Council after a of gap of 19 years, is most likely to be given a key responsibility by this powerful 15-membered body in fight against terrorism; thus acknowledging New Delhi`s prominent role in the global war against terror.

Diplomatic sources privy to the discussions at the United Nations headquarters in New York told PTI talks are in advance stage to request India to head one of its two key
counter-terrorism committees.
Ahead of its joining the Security Council on January 1, in its informal consultations with its other key members, India had made its intentions clear that it wants to make the
fight against terrorism a priority area during its two-year term as the non-permanent member of the council.

Almost all the members of the UN Security Council, especially its five permanent members, believe that not only just being a victim of terrorism; but also as a country which has successfully and patiently tackled the menace of terrorism for the past several decades, be it the one in Punjab in the 80s, or the one in Kashmir, and the those coming from across the border and reflected in terrorists attacks like that on the Parliament or 26/11, New Delhi is best positioned to lead the counter-terrorism initiatives for the next two years.
The Security Council currently has two key committees related to its fight against terrorism. On October 15, 1999, the UN Security Council via its resolution number 1267 had established the "al Qeada and Taliban Sanctions Committee" which is the form to slap sanctions on terrorist outfits and its leaders; that is implemented by its member States.

Post 26/11, several Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders and its frontal organisations have been added to the list at the request of India.

PTI