New York, Sept. 24 (ANI): India’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Asoke Mukerji, on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s letter to the world leaders earlier this year on reforming the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has galvanised India’s stand on the matter.
“In 2006, the General Assembly adopted a global counter terrorism strategy which implied that all 193 countries know what terrorism is and the UN Security Council has passed many resolutions on counter terrorism which applies to all member states of UN,” Mukerji told ANI here.
These two facts, according to Mukerji, will play an important role in helping India to move the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism towards a conclusion in 70th session of General Assembly.
Reacting on whether the Prime Minister would use this visit to muster support for India’s demand for a reform in the UNSC, Mukerji said that the world was aware of India’s stand because of the letter sent by the Prime Minister to world leaders.
“India has galvanised and our PM wrote a letter earlier this year in July to all world leaders in which he specifically talked about the need to reform the United Nations Security Council to make it relevant to the 21st century. Apart from the issues of International peace and security, in which our peace-keepers are also playing a big role,” said Mukerji.
Speaking at the general debate of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last year, Prime Minister Modi had called for reforming the United Nations, including the Security Council, and making it more democratic and participative.
“Institutions that reflect the imperatives of 20th century won’t be effective in the 21st. It would face the risk of irrelevance; and we will face the risk of continuing turbulence with no one capable of addressing it,” he added.
“We should put aside our differences and mount a concerted international effort to combat terrorism and extremism. As a symbol of this effort, I urge you to adopt the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism,” he added. (ANI)