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“Terrorism is a enemy of basic human rights” : says India in UNGA

At the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly India’s External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj conveyed India’s concern regarding terrorism and the problems faced by all the nations worldwide. India claimed the terrorism is an enemy of the basic human rights and the fight against it should also identify states that ‘encourage, support and finance’ the acts of terror and also ‘provide sanctuary’ to the groups which case the same.

In the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Council of Foreign Ministers meeting, this issue was raised. It was asserted by India, that global terrorism is a threat to several nations and it is the need of the hour for every nation to be able to combat it by building a strong security system.

The Minister of External Affairs also met the UNGA President Maria Fernanda Espinosa and carried out a long discussion on the need for a stronger UN action on major global challenges with special emphasis on terrorism. On her talks with Swaraj, she stated:

“I am totally aware that more than 20 years ago, India already proposed the need to establish a normative international framework on counter-terrorism. The organisation and member states are still discussing the issue. It is not an easy issue. Sometimes it can be divisive.”

In an interaction at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), she said India’s demand for expansion of the U.N.SC featured in the discussion with the Prime Minister and indicated that she would try to build consensus among all U.N. member-states regarding issues such as the expansion of the UNSC and counter-terrorism. Garces said she will appoint two co-facilitators to help her address reform issues. As the president of the UNGA, Garces promised to put forward an agenda of DARE – delivery, accountability, relevance and efficiency. She also hailed a global pact on migration, agreed upon earlier this year, which will be formally adopted during a conference in Morocco in December.

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