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Artificial distinction between good and bad terrorism most serious threat: Venkaiah Naidu

india Updated: Sep 15, 2018 19:43 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Vice president Venkaiah Naidu speaks during the Hindi Diwas Samaroh 2018, in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

Artificial distinction created between “good” and “bad” terrorism is the most serious threat in today’s world which can be defeated by organised international action, vice president Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday as he called for strengthening the global legal framework to combat the menace.

Naidu is in Belgrade as part of a three-nation tour to Serbia, Malta and Romania to boost ties with the Central European countries.

Naidu’s remarks came as he met Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

The two leaders exchanged views on multilateral issues and agreed to intensify cooperation in the areas of mutual interest.

“Terrorism is the most serious global threat in today’s world. What is even more dangerous is the artificial distinction created between good terrorism and bad terrorism,” Naidu said.

“This can only be defeated by organized international action. There is an urgent need to strengthen the global counter terrorism legal framework through expediting finalisation of the draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT), mooted by India in 1996,” he said.

Despite India’s efforts to push the global intergovernmental convention to tackle terrorism, the conclusion and ratification of the CCIT remains deadlocked, mainly over the definition of terrorism.

First Published: Sep 15, 2018 19:43 IST