India pushes for early adoption of international terror treaty



India pushes for early adoption of international terror treaty 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