United Nations: Pitching strongly for an
"unrelenting" fight against terrorism, Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on Saturday said there cannot be "selective approaches" in
dealing with the scourge that needed to be fought across all
Addressing the UN General Assembly here, he noted that
terrorism continues to rear its ugly head and take a grievous
toll on innocent lives.
"Developing countries need a peaceful external
environment to grow," Singh told the world leaders assembled
for the annual meet.
"The fight against terrorism must be unrelenting. There
cannot be selective approaches in dealing with terrorist
groups or the infrastructure of terrorism. Terrorism has to be
fought across all fronts," he said.
While delving upon the continued threat posed by
terrorism, the Prime Minister referred to the assassination of
Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani and said it was a
"chilling reminder of the designs of the enemies of peace" in
He said it was essential that the process of nation-
building and reconciliation in Afghanistan succeeds, which was
vital for enduring peace and security in the region.
"India will play its part in helping the people of
Afghanistan to build a better future for themselves, just as
we are doing in other countries in South Asia," he said,
adding, "We will do so because prosperity and stability in our
region are indivisible."
Movement for democracy
In the midst of controversies raging over the issue of
"interventions" in the trouble spots of the Middle East, Singh
said the observance of the rule of law is as important in
international affairs as it is within countries.
"Societies cannot be reordered from outside through
military force. People in all countries have the right to
choose their own destiny and decide their own future," the
Prime Minister said.
The international community, he said, has a role to play
in assisting in the processes of transition and institution
building but the idea that prescriptions have to be imposed
from outside is fraught with danger.
"Actions taken under the authority of the United Nations
must respect the unity, territorial integrity, sovereignty and
independence of individual states," he said.
On South Asia and India
In South Asia, he said, there are encouraging signs of
cooperation in the area of security as exemplified in India`s
cooperation with Bangladesh. Such cooperation is adding to
the security of both our countries.
Singh said in the last few decades India has lifted tens
of millions of its people out of abject poverty. "We are in a
position to feed our population better, to educate them better
and to widen their economic choices. But we still have a very
long way to go," he said.
The Prime Minister said India would wish to quicken the
pace of its transformation in partnership with the
Singh said a fast-growing India can expand the boundaries
for the global economy, and a plural and secular India can
contribute to tolerance and peaceful co-existence among
Singh said developing countries need investment,
technology and market access for their products. They need
assistance in the areas of education, health, women`s
empowerment and agriculture.
He said during the recently-held fourth UN-Least
Developed Countries (LDCs) Conference, India has strengthened
its partnership with the LDCs through significantly enhanced
lines of credit and assistance in capacity building.
The Prime Minister said the perspectives that he had
outlined today were the ones that guided India`s actions in
the Security Council since India became a non-permanent member
of the Council in January this year.