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Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

has told the UN that use of as an instrument of cannot be tolerated as it urged the world body that the war against terror has to be unrelenting and fought across all fronts.

"Use of as an instrument of cannot be tolerated. Those who have taken recourse to it have invariably suffered themselves proving the age old dictum that those who play with the sword, shall also perish by it," Yedla Umasankar, legal adviser and first secretary at the Permanent Mission of to the UN said.


Addressing a UN committee on "Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism", Umasankar said that the fight against has to be unrelenting and fought across all fronts.

"The international community cannot afford selective approaches in dealing with terrorist groups or in dismantling the infrastructure of We must step up our collective efforts with real time cooperation among member states to confront the scourge of squarely and decisively," the Indian diplomat said.

also rued that several resolutions of the asking countries to take action to prevent and suppress terrorist acts and refrain from providing any form of support, to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts, including by suppressing recruitment of members of terrorist groups and eliminating the supply of weapons to terrorists are not be implemented.

India, remains deeply concerned about the issue of financing terrorism, officials said.

strongly condemned direct or indirect financial assistance given to terrorist groups or individual members thereof by countries or its machineries, to pursue their activities, including in defending the criminal cases involving terrorist acts against them.

"We have been in the forefront of global counter- efforts and are part of all major global initiatives, including the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)," Umasankar said.

Amidst calls for the draft comprehensive convention to eliminate to be finalised, he pointed out that even though had brought a proposal for a comprehensive convention against before the General Assembly in1996, the UN had so far been unable to adopt it due to the issues of definition over who was a terrorist.

Narrow geopolitical interests continued to stand in the way of meaningful progress on discussions of that convention, he said.

Chinese delegate Shi Xiaobin insisted that counter- efforts must strictly comply with international law.

"In the fight against terrorism, we must uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the countries concerned, and abide by the rules of international law regarding the use of force and crime punishment," he said.

China urged the General Assembly to accelerate its efforts to conclude and adopt the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, in order to further improve the international legal framework in this regard.

China, which has been repeatedly blocking India's effort to designate Mumbai terrorist attack mastermind Hafeez Saeed, he said over the past year, has engaged in consultations and interactions with more than ten countries in the area of counter-and security.

It has also exchanged views with our interlocutors on issues such as international and regional counter-situation and bilateral counter-cooperation.

According to Xiaobin, China played an active part in the establishment of the BRICS Counter-Working Group, attended its first meeting, and played host to its second meeting.

"The first China-Russia-informal meeting on counter-was held in Beijing," he said.

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First Published: Tue, October 03 2017. 08:07 IST
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