At Non-Aligned Movement meet, India raises terror and UN reforms

Written By: Sidhant Sibal WION
New Delhi, India Published: Oct 24, 2019, 09:12 AM(IST)

File photo: S Jaishankar Photograph:( ANI )

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On terror, New Delhi highlighted the "growing linkages" between terrorist groups and cross-border operations. 

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has raised the issue of cross-border terror and reforms at the United Nations Security Council at the ministerial meet of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meet in Baku, Azerbaijan.  

Calling UN reforms as "essential", the EAM said, "early and meaningful reform of the United Nations, and in particular its principal organ of global peace and security, the Security Council."

Jaishankar reiterated India's support for Africa’s Common Position on Security Council Reforms which calls for two permanent seats for Africa at a reformed UNSC.

On terror, New Delhi highlighted the "growing linkages" between terrorist groups and cross-border operations such as "terror financing networks, and the spread of hateful ideologies through modern communication technologies" which Jaishankar said, "have left no country untouched by this scourge."

He said, "the international community cannot afford selective approaches or double standards on this issue" and "our fight against terrorism has to be fought collectively and across all fronts.

He urged, NAM countries to finalise Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) at the United Nations which calls for a common definition of terror. CCIT was proposed by India in 1996 but even after two decades, little progress has been made on it.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will lead the Indian delegation at the 18th Non-Aligned Movement Summit from 25-26 October. The theme for this year's summit is "Upholding the Bandung Principles to ensure concerted and adequate response to the challenges of the contemporary world”.

India is a founding member of the NAM, which is one of the largest gatherings of world leaders. In 2021, the 60th anniversary of the grouping will be celebrated.

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