UN defends its approach to terror after Modi’s criticism

RSTV Bureau
Beirut: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, speaks during a press conference with World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, left, and Islamic Development Bank President Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, March 25, 2016. Photo - PTI

File photo of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Photo – PTI

A week after PM Narendra Modi criticised the United Nations for failing to tackle the growing menace of terrorism, the global body has defended its stance against terrorism.

“We certainly are trying to take a responsible attitude in terms of dealing with terrorism and the spectre of terrorism worldwide…The UN encourages international solidarity against terrorism in all its aspects, whether it is terrorist bombings or terrorist financing,” Deputy Spokesman for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Farhan Haq told PTI.

Haq was asked about the UN Chief’s response to PM Modi’s sharp criticism in Brussels last week when the Indian leader had said that the world body does not know how to deal with terrorism.

Haq also added that the UN will soon hold a meeting in Geneva on the need to prevent and counter violent extremism.

“And the Secretary-General will be speaking at that in terms of the specific measures that we’ve been talking about, in terms of handling violent extremism and its spread throughout the world, and the Secretary-General will speak at that in just a few days from now,” he said.

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Brussels came just a week after terror outfit ISIS carried out deadly attacks in the city, killing more than 30 people. Suicide bombers blew up the departure lounge of the international airport and a subway station in the busy morning hours in the Belgian capital.

While addressing a gathering of Indian diaspora in Brussels, PM Modi had said that the UN has all means and mechanism to deal with war but does not know what the definition of terrorism is and how to address it.

He also warned that the UN will become irrelevant if it does not come up with appropriate response to deal with the menace.

He pointed out that India has been pleading with the UN for years to define terrorism.

“I don’t know when the UN will do so and how it will do so but given the emerging situation, if solutions are not found to this (problem), then it does not take time for an institution to become irrelevant,” PM Modi had said.

(With inputs from PTI)