India calls UN to reach agreement on CCIT to root out terrorism

ANI | Updated: Sep 24, 2017 01:30 IST

New York [U.S.A.], Sept. 24 (ANI): Raising grave concern over the burgeoning terrorism across the globe, India`s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday called on the international community to reach an agreement on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) to root out the menace from the globe.

While speaking at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Sushma said that India proposed CCIT two decades back, but till now United Nations has not been able to agree upon a definition of terrorism.

She told the international community that if the enemies cannot be defined, how the countries can fight together against it.

Sushma added that if a terrorist would be branded as good and bad and if even the United Nations Security Council cannot agree on the listing of terrorists, how the world can fight together against them.

"I would like to request this august assembly to stop seeing this evil with self-defeating and indeed meaningless nuance. Evil is evil. Let us accept that terrorism is an existentialist danger to humankind. There is absolutely no justification for this barbaric violence. Let us display our new commitment by reaching agreement on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism this year itself," Swaraj said.

Swaraj said that India has been the oldest victims of the 'terrible and even traumatic terrorism'.

"We must all introspect and ask ourselves whether our talk is anywhere close to the action we take. We all in bilateral and multilateral discussions condemn this evil, and piously resolve to fight it in all our declaratory statements. The truth is that these have become rituals. The fact is that when we are required to fight and destroy this enemy, the self-interest of some leads them towards duplicity," she said. (ANI)