Gandhinagar: Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi on Sunday called for a consensus amongst different
countries to create a common judicial framework for combating
terrorism via sea-route as well as piracy.
"The success in exploiting the maritime potential will
depend upon nation`s commitment and responses. However, all
this cannot happen without international commitment and
unanimity for safety and security," Modi said.
"For this purpose, a sound international legal
framework and comprehensive policy regime are essential. The
legal framework must balance the needs, concerns and interests
of all stakeholders," he said, while inaugurating the Global
Maritime Security and Anti-Piracy Conference-2011 here.
India has a central position in the Indian Ocean. It
has extensive interest in maritime and coastal activities in
Asia pacific, Modi said.
"The vast size and largely unregulated nature of the
waterways have made the maritime environment attractive for
trans-national violence. Both piracy and sea borne terrorism
have become more common in last few decades," he said.
This has further gone up due to global proliferation
of small arms all this has added to maritime vulnerability,
Several terrorist groups have developed significant
capabilities to conduct attack at sea, under the sea and more
recently from the sea, he said.
These terrorist groups are equipped with modern
navigational equipments and communication technology. They
have developed innovative ways to the challenge of security
and maritime forces, Modi said.
Modi said, global conference on terrorism and piracy
on the third anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks is
significant to combat attacks from seaside on Mumbai.