India calls for concerted action against terrorism

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Tehran, Jul 29 (UNI) India today called for concerted action by the global community, including the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), against terror and for earely adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism for peace and stability in the world.

The demand comes days after Bangalore and Ahmedabad were rocked by terrorist bombings resulting in the death of more than 45 people.

It was at the 14th NAM Summit in Cuba in September 2006 that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf mooted the idea of a Joint India-Pakistan Anti-Terror Mechanism.

Describing terrorism as ''one of the most serious threats'' to global peace, the External Affairs Minister said at the 15th Foreign Ministerial Meeting of the NAM here that a strong message needed to be sent out that the 118-nation grouping stood for cooperation against terrorism.

''We shall be remiss in our commitment to the theme of this conference if we do not send a strong message that our movement stands resolutely for International cooperation in bringing the perpetrators, organisers, financers and sponsors of all acts of terrorism to justice,'' he said.

Referring to the last week's serial blasts in Bangalore and Ahmadabad and the fidayeen attack at the Indian Embassy in Kabul, he said the terrorists' intention was to puncture India's social fabric and make India unstable.

He, however, said India's resolve was strong enough and could withstand all such terrorist designs.

The conference began with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad strongly criticising international organisations, including the United Nations and the UN Security Council, for their partisan behaviour towards big powers.

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