India for early adoption of anti-terror convention by UN
Cautioning that no part of the world could claim to be immune from terrorism, India on Wednesday pressed for early adoption of a proposed Convention to fight the menace pending at the UN, saying it could materialise if the international community showed political will.
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna also underlined the need for reform of the UN to enable it to meet the increasing present day challenges and said without India and Africa, the Security Council was "unrepresentative and undemocratic".
"Today, all of us are living under the shadow of the threats posed by the scourge of International Terrorism. No part of the world can claim to be immune from its tentacles," Krishna said at an 'Africa Day' lecture, which was read out in his absence as there was bereavement in his family.
He said continuing terrorist attacks in various parts of the world are a reminder that the international community needs greater cooperation and stronger collective action to defeat terrorism.
"India had proposed a draft for the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in 1996, whose adoption will demonstrate the strong will of the international community to act unitedly against terrorists," Krishna said.
He said most of the differences over the draft have since been reconciled and "the remaining issues can be resolved if the international community shows sufficient political will."
The Minister said India particularly looks forward to working with Africa for early adoption of the Convention.
He said there was also need to evolve a coordinated response for tackling the menace of Piracy in the Indian Ocean in order to safeguard our sea routes and ensure uninterrupted movement of goods and people.