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NAM summit: India makes strong anti-terror pitch, seeks action against state sponsors of terror

India urged the 120-nation group to set up a mechanism to ensure effective cooperation in combating the terrorism. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Porlamar, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela Sep 17, 2016, 11.08 PM (IST)
Making a strong anti-terror pitch at the NAM Summit in Venezuela, India today asserted that "concrete action" was needed in the fight against terrorism.

India urged the 120-nation group to set up a mechanism to ensure effective cooperation in combating the menace.

Vice-President Hamid Ansari is leading the Indian delegation at the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in the absence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In his address to the plenary meeting of the bloc, Ansari said, "The time has come for our movement to recognise the need for concrete action in the fight against terrorism."

Ansari described terrorism as the "biggest threat" to international peace and to the sovereignty of states.

"We need to establish a mechanism within our movement that will ensure effective cooperation in combating terrorism, that is the main threat to security, sovereignty and development," he said.

He said terrorism is one of the "most egregious sources of human right violations today" and its use as an instrument of state policy is to be unequivocally condemned.

India has raised the issue of Pakistan's support to cross-border terrrorism at several international forums. 

Ansari asserted that no cause justifies the indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians as a means to achieve a political goal or change of policies.

Prime Minister Modi had made clear references to Pakistan's support to terrorism without naming it at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, at a BRICS meeting in Hangzhou and at the ASEAN and East Asia summits in Lao PDR.

Ansari stated that terrorism has become a major impediment to development.

"It is therefore imperative for the Non-Aligned Movement to galvanise the international community to strengthen the international legal framework to address this menace, including by adopting the draft Comprehensive UN Convention on Terrorism, to ensure the closest cooperation amongst the international community to counter the scourge of terror." 

"We must also ensure that all existing structures that are the building blocks of UN's Global Counter Terrorism Strategy function in a non-partisan and professional manner," Ansari said.

India had earlier called on NAM to set up a "working group on terrorism" to safeguard world peace, stability and prosperity.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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