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India urges global action to deny facilities for LeT, IS

Wed, Nov 18, 2015, 12:19 PM
United Nations, Nov 18: Against the backdrop of last week's Beirut and Paris terrorist strikes, India has renewed its call for international action to deny finance and space to organisations like the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) and the Islamic State (IS).

The two attacks highlight the international failure to finalise the Comprehensive Convention Against International Terrorism (CCAIT), which would require countries to take action against terrorist groups and stop aiding them, India's Deputy Permanent Representative Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi told the Security Council on Tuesday.

"The price that we pay for procrastination is often in human lives," he said.

"All terrorist organizations -- Daesh (Islamic State) or A1 Shabaab or Lashkar-e-Tayyaba or A1 Qaida-have an ideological basis that contradicts the basic tenets of humanity," Bishnoi said. "Ideology alone, however, is not enough to sustain terrorists. They need financing and space to operate," he said.

"That is, unfortunately, provided to them," he added making the case for CCAIT. "And that is what needs to be addressed collectively."

The CCAIT has been languishing for almost a decade because of disputes over the definition of terrorists as some countries claim that it should not apply to those whom they consider freedom fighters.

Speaking at the Security Council debate on "Maintaining of International Peace and Security," Bishnoi questioned the assertions that poverty breeds terrorism.
Agency: IANS
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