Firming up its own commitment to fight terrorism at the global level further, India called for an early adoption of a global convention on terrorism. India has been stressing for a broad counter-terror framework with a legal principle of “prosecute or extradite”. The Indian Mission to UN also voiced concerns over the Security Council of the global body appearing “ineffective” in tackling the menace of terrorism.
“On the issue of terrorism, the United Nations has appeared ineffective, though both the Security Council and General Assembly have adopted either resolutions and sanctions regimes or strategies to counter terrorism over the past 15 years,” India’s Ambassador to the UN Asoke Mukerji said at a General Assembly session on Wednesday.
The UN session was discussing the Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organisation at the UN headquarters.
Speaking further, India’s Ambassador to the UN said that as many as 31 entities within the United Nations deal with some aspect of countering terrorism but there is a need to bring in more concerted efforts to arrive at a specific framework to counter terror.
“The need for us to agree on a coordinator for the work of these entities is a priority which we cannot postpone. Our public consciousness is being ravaged daily by incessant acts of terrorism targeting innocent people, our civilisational heritage and increasingly, the socio-economic infrastructure of our societies, especially in vulnerable developing countries,” Mr. Mukerji said.
At the same time, he firmly reiterated that India looks forward to the Secretary General’s initiative on countering terrorism.
The Indian representative also expressed hope that Secretary General’s initiative will include a roadmap leading to the international community adopting the long-pending Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism “at the heart of which is the legal principle of prosecute or extradite”.
Asoke Mukerji further added that the cumulative impact of conflicts and crises in the world is being felt by “almost 60 million people, innocent men, women and children. Yet the report is strangely silent on why the UN Security Council, which has the primary responsibility under the UN Charter for the maintenance of international peace and security, has allowed such a mushrooming of crises to occur”.
Stressing that the ineffectiveness of the Security Council is due to the unrepresentative composition of its permanent members for the last 70 years since 1945, he said there is a need to make the Council fit for purpose for the 21st century.
(With inputs from the PTI)