International Security and stability under threat of terrorism, warns Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

Baku: ‘Terrorism is the biggest threat for the international stability and security. Responsible for killing of our innocent citizens, terrorism has made it difficult to attain the objective of development. But there exists a gap between language and actions against terrorism. There is no major progress on this front,’ Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj criticised the countries having double standards about terrorism. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj was speaking at the meeting of Non-Aligned Movement at Baku in Azerbaijan.

“India submitted the proposal for ‘Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism’ (CCIT) to the United Nations in 1996. Two decades have passed since then, still the discussions on the matter are not complete. All these years have been wasted in only defining terrorism. There is a huge gap in the language and the action about terrorism. It is necessary to implement the international laws and agencies more effectively, instead of having double standards,” Sushma Swaraj said firmly.

Swaraj advocated an action against terrorism at the international level saying, “Innocent citizens are becoming victims of terrorism and terrorism has become a big obstacle in the path of development and progress. Therefore, terrorism is the biggest danger for international security and stability.”. Meanwhile, speaking about the improvements in the United Nations, she warned that the improvements will be insufficient if the United Nations Security Council does not expand. India is demanding expansion of the Security Council and claiming a permanent membership for the last many years. The Indian claim has been supported by the United States, Britain, Russia and France. But China has opposed India to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council.