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India pitches for UN reforms, global anti-terror treaty at IBSA summit

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a strong pitch for urgent reform of the United Nations and pushed for an early conclusion of an international convention to combat terrorism at the IBSA summit that comprises India, Brazil and South Africa.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2010 11:15 IST
Jayanth Jacob

India has got an endorsement of its role in Afghanistan at the fourth IBSA summit in Brasilia, that also favoured a peaceful, diplomatic solution to Iran nuclear issue.

The Brasilia declaration adopted at the three-nation meet on Friday, attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Brazil President Lula da Silva and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma expressed concern at the continuing deterioration of the military and political situation in Afghanistan.

And in consistence with Delhi´s stand the leaders underlined the "centrality of regional aspect" in the reconstruction o and development process in Afghanistan. More importantly, the declaration also condemned the "terrorist attacks targeting Indian humanitarian and development workers" in Kabul on February 26 this year. The attack had the imprints of Pakistan-based LeT. The declaration also stressed the "centrality of regional aspect" in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

Even as Washington has been gathering steam for sanctions against Iran, the summit had advocated the need for a peaceful diplomatic solution of the issue. "The leaders recognized the right of Iran to develop nuclear programmes for peaceful purposes in keeping with its international obligations," the declaration said. The leaders also called up on Iran to fully cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency and comply with the relevant UN security council resolutions.

The Ieaders have also decided for the development of satellites in the areas of space, climate and earth observation. The satellites aims to address challenges in climate studies, agriculture, food security and the space programme among the countries.

And in his speech at the summit, Manmohan Singh made a strong case for the UN reforms and the early conclusion of an international convention to combat terrorism "The systems of global governance have not kept pace with the changing realities of the world," Manmohan Singh said at the fourth IBSA summit that was held at Itamaraty Palace in the Brazilian capital.

"There is an urgent need for reform of the United Nations, including the Security Council, by making it more democratic and representative," Singh said.

Alluding to the commencement of text-based negotiations in the UN this month as a positive development, the prime minister stressed that the movement in the UN reforms process was possible due to the efforts of the G-4 countries of India, Brazil, Japan and Germany and South Africa.

Calling for global fight against the scourge of terrorism, Manmohan Singh said "We should make all efforts for the early finalisation of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the UN." Manmohan Singh also stressed on expanding greater collaborative effort among top emerging economies to tackle leading global issues like climate change, the international financial crisis and the Doha round of international trade negotiations.