India calls for joint front by UN member States against terror

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New Delhi, May 08 (UNI) India has reiterated its abiding determination to finalise the long-pending Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism to create a strong inter-locking network of Member States, international organisations and specialised agencies working in unison to counter global terrorism.

It also called on the world ''to act as one'' in denying terrorists, their ideologues and financiers access to arms, funds, transportation of their deadly goods, as well as safe havens.

India's Permanent representative at the UN, Nirupam Sen, told a UN Security Council Committee on Weapons of Mass Destruction that the adoption of the Convention was in the interest of all Member States and would reinvigorate the multilateral and collective dimensions of counter-terrorism efforts, a senior official of the External Affairs Ministry told UNI here today.

According to the official, Mr Sen conveyed to the Committee that India remained committed to fully cooperating with all existing counter-terrorism mechanisms as a State with long experience of dealing with terrorism.

He said India was also of the view that better cooperation between the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly would provide the collective efforts with greater legitimacy and ownership.

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