India pushes for early adoption of international terror treaty

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 15:39

United Nations: India has advocated an
early adoption of the long-pending international convention on
terrorism as it would provide impetus to multilateral counter-
terror actions.

The Comprehensive Convention on International
Terrorism (CCIT) is a proposed treaty which intends to
criminalise all forms of international terrorism and deny
terrorists, their financiers and supporters access to funds,
arms, and safe havens.

The treaty is under negotiation at a committee of the
UN General Assembly but the negotiations are deadlocked over
how to define terrorism.

"An early adoption of CCIT is in the interests of all
Member States and would provide impetus to multilateral and
collective action to countering international terrorism
efforts," said Hardeep Singh Puri, India`s envoy to the UN.

He said almost, all the elements of the proposed CCIT
have passed muster by legal experts.

"What is required now is the necessary political will
to ensure the early adoption of the CCIT," he told the
Security Council.

Two outstanding issues that have been delaying the
treaty are how to refer to an armed struggle, for instance how
to distinguish between a liberation movement and a terrorist
act, and secondly would military forces be within the scope of
the convention.

Passage of the treaty, this year, is one of India`s
main priorities, Puri had told PTI earlier.

"I can only express the hope that the keenness with
which New York based delegations have expressed that is also
shared in the capital of the member states and before too long
we will able to action the text on the CCIT," he said.

At the Security Council meeting, the Indian envoy also
highlighted the danger of "clandestine proliferation and
terrorism" that could lead to weapons or vulnerable nuclear
materials being procured by non-state actors.

"It is important to bear in mind that the success of
implementation of counter-terrorism measures not only requires
the fullest collective effort by the entire membership, but
also their fullest participation in processes that affect the
collective security of all the nations equally," he said.

Puri reiterated India`s support for key terror related
Security Council resolutions that relate to sanctions against
al-Qaeda and Taliban, the establishment of the Counter
Terrorism Committee, and non-proliferation of weapons of mass
destruction.

"We are willing to extend assistance, bilaterally as
well as multilaterally, in the larger effort to counter the
threat of terrorism," he said.

PTI




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