After terror struck the Holey Artisan Cafe at Dhaka’s diplomatic area, India plans for a quick adoption of the long-awaited Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT).
India’s permanent representative Syed Akbaruddin, speaking at the General Assembly, said, “The perpetrators of terrorist attacks as well as the States that support and sponsor or provide safe havens to terrorists or terrorist groups must be made accountable.”
He also expressed India’s dissappointment on the failed early enactment of the CCIT and urged other nations to adopt it by the next session.
Highlighting the lack of urgency in the resolution, he said that its adoption would represent concrete actions on counter-terrorism by the international community and the failure to adopt would signal that the increase in terrorist attacks hasn’t affected anyone.
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Akbaruddin later explained to IANS that India’s “disappointment was that we would have preferred stronger language” in the resolution about the CCIT, “basically setting a finite time frame for adoption of CCIT.”
Reiterating India’s suggestion, he said that the counter-terrorism resolution would “convey a clear signal that counter terrorism has a significant place on the UN agenda.”
Informing India’s progress in setting up an international counter-terror framework, he said that there are more than 40 bilateral treaties concluded by India on extradition and mutual legal assistance along with joint mechanisms with more than 25 countries to discuss counter-terrorism strategies.
Noting the on-going armed assailants situation in his home country, Bangladesh Permanent Representative, Masud Bin Momen called for adequate funds to counter terrorism.
(With inputs from IANS)