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QUESTION No. 3851 COMPREHENSIVE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM

April 06, 2017

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION No. 3851
TO BE ANSWERED ON 06.04.2017

COMPREHENSIVE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM

3851. SHRI DILIP KUMAR TIRKEY:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether it is a fact that the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism has been pending since long;

(b) if so, the main issues obstructing a consensus; and

(c) the details of steps taken by Government to ensure that the said convention becomes a reality?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(SHRI M. J. AKBAR)

(a) to (c) India proposed the adoption of a "Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism” (CCIT) to the United Nations General Assembly in 1996. Due to the position of some members who wish to qualify the definition of terrorism, consensus on the text of the Convention has not yet been achieved. Negotiations to finalize the CCIT continue to take place in the Sixth Committee of the UNGA.

There is growing international support for this initiative. In the World Summit held in September 2005, leaders stressed the need to make every effort to reach an agreement on and conclude a comprehensive convention on international terrorism in that session itself. Several countries including the five permanent members of the UN Security Council have voiced support for such a convention. Leaders at the recent NAM Summit in Venezuela (September 2016), and BRICS Summit in Goa (October 2016) also called upon all nations to work together to expedite the adoption of CCIT in the UN General Assembly without any further delay.

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