With a growing call among the international community to put in place a stronger mechanism to fight terror, India is considering all options, including “voting”, to ensure that the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) is brought into force and that the “will of the majority cannot be continuously blocked by a limited number of countries”.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who will be addressing the UN General Assembly on September 26, is expected to speak on the issue.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin Saturday said the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, an initiative that India launched in 1996 to fight against terrorism, has seen “enormous” forward movement.
“…given the crescendo of support in the General Debate, there is a majority that exists in support of that effort. The issue is only a procedural one of how do we convert that majority into a legal document,” he said, in New York.
“If it requires, we will consider how to move this ahead even if it requires voting… we will take that call at a time of our choosing. We have waited for this for long, we are considering all options and voting is an option which we will not close,” Akbaruddin added.
He further said: “Ultimately in democracies and in democratic organisations, the will of the majority cannot be continuously blocked by a limited number of countries who have objections to one small finite part or the other.” He said there are several elements in the exclusion clause, and some countries would like some of these to be removed, even as they want the CCIT to be stronger.