India has placed before the United Nations Security Council the urgent need to finalise a global convention on terrorism, following the multiple terror attacks in Paris and Beirut. Asserting that the financing being provided to terrorist groups such as ISIS and LeT needs to be addressed collectively, India pushed for speedy finalising of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.
“The terrible events of last week, in Beirut and Paris, demonstrate to us that the greatest threat to peace and security comes from violent extremism and religious fanaticism, not from the absence of economic and social development,” India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Bhagwant Bishnoi said at the UN headquarters on Tuesday.
He told the UN Security Council that the terror attacks also highlight the international community’s unfinished business in the fight against terrorism.
Leaders of the world had decided in the 2005 Summit that expeditious action would be taken to finalise the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, but it remains unfulfilled till date.
“The price that we pay for procrastination is often in human lives. That should not be allowed to continue. Terrorism takes away the foremost of human rights, the right to life. It is truly a crime against humanity,” Mr. Bishnoi said at the UNSC session on ‘Maintaining of International Peace and Security’.
At the BRICS meeting that was held at the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Turkey earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that a “comprehensive global strategy to put an end to finance, supplies and communication channels of the terrorists is needed”.
Naming the terrorist organisations Daesh (Arabic for terror syndicate IS), al-Shabaab, Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) and al-Qaeda, Mr. Bishnoi said they “have an ideological basis that contradicts the basic tenets of humanity.”
Stressing that ideology alone is not enough to sustain terrorists, the Deputy UN Representative said that unfortunately financial help is being provided for them.
“Terrorism has to be eliminated. The events of last week have shown so tragically that there can be no other alternative,” Mr. Bishnoi said in conclusion.
(With inputs from the PTI)