S Africa, Brazil condemn terror attacks in India

Pretoria: South Africa and Brazil on Tuesday condemned the recent terror attacks in India and joined it in demanding urgent finalisation of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism by the UN.

At their Summit meeting here, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, South African President Jacob Zuma and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff also emphasised the central role of the UN in coordinating the international action against terrorism within the framework of the UN Charter and in accordance with the international law. "The leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes, as it constitutes one of the most serious threat to international peace and security," a Joint Tshwane Declaration adopted at the Summit said.

It said the leaders regretted and condemned the recent attacks in India that resulted in loss of lives. "The leaders of Brazil and South Africa offered condolences to the government and people of India," it said. In the same vein, the three leaders reiterated their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and encouraged cooperation among States and regional organizations in the fight against terrorism.

In this regard they emphasized the urgent need to finalize the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) and called upon all UN member-States to cooperate in resolving outstanding issues with the objective of an expeditious conclusion of negotiations and adoption of this Convention. .