NAM Summit: India pitches against state sponsors of terrorism

New Delhi: Without naming Pakistan, India used the foremost South-South cooperation forum to take action against terrorism and called for support to New Delhi's initiative of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism that was tabled at the UN.

"Today, the biggest threat to international peace, and to the sovereignty of states, is the phenomenon of terrorism," Vice President Hamid Ansari said in his address at the 17th Non-Aligned Summit (NAM) in the Venezuelan island of Margarita on Saturday.

"No cause justifies the indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians as a means to achieve a political goal or change of policies," he said.

Stating that terrorism is one of the most egregious sources of human right violations today, he said "its use as an instrument of state policy is to be unequivocally condemned".

"It has become a major impediment to development," Ansari said.

"It is, therefore, imperative for the Non-Aligned Movement to galvanise the international community to strengthen the international legal framework to address this menace,including by adopting the draft Comprehensive UN Convention on Terrorism, to ensure the closest cooperation amongst the international community to counter the scourge of terror," he stated.

"We must also ensure that all existing structures that are the building blocks of UN's Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy function in a non-partisan and professional manner."

The Vice President called for "concrete action in the fight against terrorism" and the need to establish a mechanism within NAM that would ensure "effective cooperation in combating terrorism, that is the main threat to security, sovereignty and development".