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Hypocrisy towards terrorism will not do, says India at United Nations

"There is no good terrorism or bad terrorism and if you do not know the answer to this question, all you have to do is ask the refugee if he considers any terrorism to be good or bad," said M J Akbar

By: PTI | United Nations | Updated: September 20, 2016 12:27 pm
India, United Nations and terrorism, United nations stance on terrorism, India nd Pakistan, India on terrorism, International olitics, UN resolution on terrorism, UN hipocrisy on terrorism, cross border terrorism, International terrorism, world news, latest news “It is important to stress that today the geo-politics of the crisis points and proves that terrorism is the principle cause of refugee movements. Can we ignore this fact, we cannot. We do so at our peril,” said M J Akbar at the UN. (Source: Twiter/ MJ Akbar)

Describing terrorism as an “existential threat”, India has said that “hypocrisy” towards the menace is unacceptable and underlined that terrorism is the “principle cause” of the large-scale refugee movement. “It is important to stress that today the geo-politics of the crisis points and proves that terrorism is the principle cause of refugee movements. Can we ignore this fact, we cannot. We do so at our peril,” Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar said in his address to the UN General Assembly’s first-ever Summit for Refugees and Migrants on Monday.

Akbar asserted that terrorism is an “existential threat” and “hypocrisy towards this crisis will not do.” He underscored that for the millions of people fleeing conflict, war and poverty, terrorism is not characterised as good or bad.

“There is no good terrorism or bad terrorism and if you do not know the answer to this question, all you have to do is ask the refugee if he considers any terrorism to be good or bad,” Akbar said.

Stressing that terrorism is the “biggest danger” to human rights, Akbar said large movements of people across borders serve as a reminder that the world has become a global village.

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“We can only prosper or perish together, it is best that we learn to live in peace, prosperity and amity,” he said.

Underlining that “prevention is better than cure”, Akbar said the international community has to address issues like terrorism, prevent armed conflict and facilitate development, which will help ensure people are not forced to flee their homeland.

“We have to find out what drives them towards seeking refuge. Prevention is better than cure. Perhaps prevention is the only cure,” he said adding that preventing armed conflict, countering terrorism, building and sustaining peace to facilitating sustainable development and governance will prevent people from being forced to leave their homeland.

Terming the present refugee crisis as “unprecedented,” Akbar said the number of people on the move globally is estimated at close to 250 million or one in every 30 persons and three-fourths of all refugees come from just 11 countries.

Akabar noted that it is disconcerting that just seven countries host more than half of all refugees and now almost 90 per cent of all refugees are hosted in developing nations.

He said it is wrong to assume that host nations do not want refugees.

“It is assumed that only host nations do not want refugees. I ask do refugees also want to become refugees. They don’t,” he said. He said the problem of the refugee crisis has been with the world for a very long time.

“Refugees are as old as war. The first consequence of war is death and the second is refugees. There is another kind of person seeking a new haven – the migrant driven by a second cruelty, hunger or economic aspiration, and both phenomenon are visible in the present crisis.”

Akbar referred to India’s “long history” of welcoming people seeking refuge from conflict, war, tyranny and poverty. “India offers refuge not because it has a large bank balance but because it has a large heart,” he said.

He cited the tumultuous year of 1971 when Bangladesh was fighting for independence and more than a million people from the neighbouring nation took refuge in India to escape the “genocide” that they were facing at home.

“People seeking shelter in our country have never been turned back. Our record has been unique,” he said. Akbar said nationalism is the “contemporary architecture” of stability and “we understand its importance.

“The intersection of human need in a refugee crisis and national imperatives make this a complex issue,” he added. Akbar also recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s “seminal contribution” to abolishing indentured labour 100 years ago.

He said in more recent times, Indian migrants, including a cross section of professionals, skilled and less-skilled workers, have migrated to countries around the world and offered a “positive contribution to the diaspora”.

He voiced India’s commitment to working with all partners beginning next year in developing a global compact to ensuring a safe and orderly migration that is in the interest of all people.

Akbar also held meetings with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Bulgaria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Daniel Mitov and Guyana Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge on the sidelines of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly yesterday.

Sources told PTI that discussions during the meetings focussed on the issue of terrorism, refugees and migrants and the situation in the Middle East. The Ministers also discussed the need for the early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.

“Discussions on bilateral issues on the sidelines of UNGA71 MOS MJ Akbar and FM of Iraq Dr Ibrahim al-Jaafari,” India’s Permanent Mission to the UN tweeted.

Another tweet said Akbar “meets Foreign Minister of Bulgaria Daniel Mitov on the sidelines of #UNGA71.”

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  1. K
    Sep 20, 2016 at 7:25 pm
    Because he lived 7 years in nato area of Afghanistan
    1. K
      Sep 20, 2016 at 7:23 pm
      Each terror attack in india have some common things...lt;br/gt;1 attackers have pak id cards..lt;br/gt;2 attackers have pak pasportslt;br/gt;3 attackers have pak sim cardslt;br/gt;4 attackers have made in pak armslt;br/gt;5 attackers speak pak regional languagelt;br/gt;6 attackers keep contct with pak during attacklt;br/gt;Andlt;br/gt;The most important islt;br/gt;7. All above mentioned 6 points indian media, ministers and indian army came to know just after the attack starts and even right after attack.lt;br/gt;8. India started plans to carry surgical strikes inside paklt;br/gt;9. After discussion and analysis they sit cool cool as pak is not Myanmar or bangladesh.
      1. K
        Sep 20, 2016 at 7:22 pm
        Look who is terrorising.....killed 100 innocent. From where stan fits in. Why unarmed civilian being killed
        1. Y
          Sep 20, 2016 at 8:01 am
          Refugees would always avoid countries with genocidal mindsets. They know where they will be treated with humanitarian approach and not macreism.
          1. S
            Sankaran Krishnan
            Sep 20, 2016 at 8:41 am
            We can only register our protests at UN and to other Countries but they will not understand the sufferings and the only way they can understand is if the Terror attacks like it was happened at US - 9/11 they will go to any extent to destroy the Terror man (Osama) whereas when it comes to the suffering they will issue the statement condemning the act but will not give any threat to the Terror Nation stan because if done, they will attack their Country and the fear factor makes them to keep quiet by issuing and condemning the attack for record sake !!!
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