Sep 24 : After New Delhi scrapped a proposed meeting of foreign ministers, India’s Ambassador to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin said ‘Terror is a perennial threat and will be addressed in strong terms at multiple forums’ and said Pakistan will be tackled if it raises Kashmir issue at UN General Assembly.
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj will speak before Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday as part of the UN General Assembly debate..
Akbaruddin said that “if somebody (Pakistan) else would like to be a one-trick pony, it is for them to regurgitate an act which we have handled many times in the past and are confident we will do so again.”
“Terror is a perennial threat and will be addressed in strong terms at multiple forums. This is a goal that we’ve been pursuing since 1996 when India introduced a draft of the CCIT which is the global convention to combat terror. Since then the resonance has only increased,” he told ANI.
India called off the talks on the sidelines of the UNGA accusing Pakistan and its Prime Minister Imran Khan of “evil designs” after three policemen were kidnapped and killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.
India is also concerned after Pakistan released stamps glorifying terrorist Burhan Wani, who was killed by Indian security forces in 2016 in Kashmir.
“There are some (countries) who do not want to, for their own reasons, support such initiatives (to combat terrorism). Increasingly, such countries are being isolated globally. Our hope is that this process of isolation of such countries will continue to be strengthened,” he noted.
He further said that India will articulate its views at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with broad support from everyone.
“Diplomacy is not aggression or high decibel voice. It is all about articulating your views in a very coherent manner. We are confident that we will articulate our views very coherently with broad support from everyone. It is not about making noises. Noises cannot be a substitute for diplomatic action. Our focus is on diplomatic action,” the Ambassador said.
Akbaruddin said, “All the issues that have resonance on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly are those which impact everybody. So climate action, climate change and environment are on top of the agenda. In addition, as a developing country, we would like development cooperation and sustainable development to be another major area. This also includes digital cooperation. For us, digital is important.”