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India wants UN to adopt anti-terror Convention

India today said adoption of the Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism would provide a legal base for the fight against the global scourge.



United Nations: India today said adoption of
the Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism
would provide a legal base for the fight against the global
scourge, noting that United Nations` global counter-terrorism
strategy would be incomplete without such a convention.

In an address to the ongoing 66th session of the UN
General Assembly, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan
termed terrorism as a "scourge of humanity" and a global
problem that has spared no country or region in the world be
it "New York, London, Abuja or Mumbai."

"India believes that adoption of the Comprehensive
Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) would provide a
solid legal basis for the fight against terrorism. In our view
the UN global counter-terrorism strategy is incomplete in the
absence of such a comprehensive convention," Khan said.

Separately in his remarks at an UNGA session on `Measures
to eliminate international terrorism`, Member of Parliament
Moinul Hassan Ahamed said: "terrorism endangers the very
foundations of the continued existence of democratic
societies."

Ahamed said terrorists have become globalised, recruiting
in one country, raising funds in another and operating in
others. They have developed global logistical supply chains
and transnational financial support systems.

Echoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s stance that there
can be no selective approach to the fight against terrorism,
Ahamed said terrorism has to be fought across all fronts.

Nations are also obliged to ensure that their territories
are not used for terrorist establishments, training camps or
as launch pads for terror acts against other states, he said.

Ahamed said India fully supports the outcome document
adopted by the Special Meeting of the Counter Terrorism
Committee of the Security Council.

"We fully endorse the two consensus benchmarks that have
been reflected in the outcome document that ? the
international community supports zero tolerance towards
terrorism, and no cause or grievance, whatsoever, can justify
terrorism."

Ahamed said the international community should focus on
further strengthening the anti-terrorism framework.

Pointing out that the CCIT is at an advance stage of its
consideration, he urged all States to ensure it is concluded
during the current UN session.

Meanwhile, in his address Khan, referring to Security
Council reforms, urged Chair of the intergovernmental
negotiations Ambassador Zahir Tannin to immediately convene an
informal plenary meeting to discuss the long overdue reforms.

On peacekeeping operations, Khan said that as one of the
largest troop and resource contributors, India is acutely
conscious of the "dramatic changes" in the peacekeeping
landscape.

"We remain supportive of all efforts to strengthen the
capacity of peacekeepers in increasingly difficult and complex
situations by taking into account changed realities."

He said India is conscious that peacekeeping cannot be a
substitute for nation building.

Referring to the issue of nuclear safety, Khan said India
attaches highest priority to the goal of universal
disarmament.

"We further welcome the attention given to the issue of
nuclear safety and security. We support international efforts
under the aegis of the International Atomic Energy Agency to
enhance levels of safety and security," he added.

PTI

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