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India draws attention to global convention on terrorism as UNGA prepares to elect new president

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has expressed support to Nigeria's to the UN Tijjani Muhammad-Bande as the next of the and called him to make the body more action-oriented to deal with the global of

The current of the Maria Fernanda Espinosa presided Monday over an informal interactive dialogue with Muhammad-Bande, nominated by Nigeria, where Member States got an opportunity to discuss his vision statement and question him on his priorities and plans if elected as of the 74th session of the 193-member

The dialogue aims to contribute to the transparency and inclusivity of the selection process.

expressed support for the Nigerian Ambassador, describing him a great friend and a well-known son of Africa, with to the UN tweeting that is looking forward to Muhammad-Bande's election by acclamation on June 4. India joins in support of this effort, he said.

During the interactive dialogue, Akbaruddin highlighted that in his vision statement, Muhammad-Bande spoke about the issue of

Akbaruddin drew Muhammad-Bande's attention to the long-pending global convention on international and called for action in the UN body to adopt it, emphasising that terrorism is antithetical to everything that the UN stands for.

Terrorism is antithetical to everything that we here at the UN stand for. It is antithetical to peace and security, to development and to human rights. Yet all of us seem contented only to condemn terrorism and not do anything more, Akbaruddin said, underlining the need for the General Assembly to be more action-oriented rather than talk-oriented.

The Indian asked his Nigerian counterpart what plans he has to make the General Assembly more action-oriented to deal with the global of terrorism.

I'd like to draw his attention to the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT). This is being lying with the General Assembly for years, in fact for decades. Would we see any initiative by him on this important issue, Akbaruddin said.

India proposed a draft document on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) at the UN in 1986 but it has not been implemented as there is no unanimity on the definition of terrorism among the member states.

The Nigerian replied that there is nothing as urgent as dealing with terrorism because what it has done, like my friend Syed stated, it goes completely contrary, counter to all that this organization stands for.

He stressed the necessity for the international community to really work as one, not only as UN but as Member States to see why we have to really continue to collaborate very deeply with others in dealing with this matter.

Muhammad-Bande said the UN has many mechanisms and has created a whole office - the Office of Counter-Terrorism - to focus efforts on countering terrorism. He added that sometimes nations are not able to find means of communicating on the issue because often the traditions of different stand in the way in a matter that is so urgent and everyday affects regardless of region, size or economic circumstance.

He stressed that the office of the PGA will support the by getting Heads of State and Government to really appreciate deeper the need and importance of sharing information and the issue of efforts to deal with education relating to countering extremism.

With little headway in any action to adopt the CCIT, India is reviving discussion on the Convention at the organisation amidst increasing terror attacks on places of worship across the globe. Earlier this month, India had given a clarion call at the UN for strengthening efforts to adopt the long-pending global convention on international terrorism.

India's call to adopt the CCIT came just a day after it won a massive victory in the fight against terrorism with the designation of as a global terrorist under the 1267 of the The blacklisting of the JeM came 10 years after India first moved a proposal in the UN body to sanction him.

Speaking at a solemn commemorative event for victims of the attacks in Sri Lanka, Akbaruddin had said that as a tribute to the victims in Sri Lanka, "we can all try and strengthen efforts to achieve that objective of a putting in place a global legal framework to counter a global

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 12:51 IST