India presses early adoption of CCIT

United Nations: India has pressed for an early adoption of the long-pending Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, stressing that a greater cooperation is required to tackle the scourge which poses the most serious challenge to peace and security.

"Over the years, the visible landscape of international terrorism has changed vastly. In our globalised world, terrorists are also globalised in their reach and activities and are able to wage an asymmetric warfare against the international community," India`s Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said on Friday at a Security Council briefing on threats to peace and security by terrorist acts.

Puri said terrorists have established linkages with transnational organized crime and their veritable nexus with drug, human and arms trafficking are well established.

Terrorist financing, illicit money laundering, drug trafficking and illicit arms trade remain intertwined in a complex web of toxic relationships. "India has long held the belief that the UN also needs to strengthen its counter-terrorism normative framework through the adoption of a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT)," Puri said.

Echoing the call made by UN Secretary General Ban Ki- moon, Puri said, "the time has come for the CCIT to be adopted."

Puri told the 15-nation Council that India has faced the scourge of terrorism for several decades. "Our entire region, South Asia, has been wracked by the activities of the biggest terrorist actors in the world, be they al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jamat-ud Daawa and elements of Taliban. Terrorism, extremism and radicalization continue to pose a serious challenge to peace, progress and prosperity in the region," he said.