BRICS nations seek ‘firm’ legal structure against terror
India along with other BRICS member nations – Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa – in a meeting held here on the sidelines of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday expressed concern that continued conflicts in several regions provided “fertile” grounds for terrorist activities.
The BRICS leaders called for an early conclusion of negotiations on the Comprehensive Convention against Terrorism.
The meeting of BRICS’ Ministers of Foreign Affairs also reaffirmed the need for a comprehensive reform of the UN, including its Security Council, with a view to <g data-gr-id="26">make</g> it more representative and efficient, besides calling for “collective action” to boost world economic growth.
Brazil’s Jose Serra, Russia’s Sergey Lavrov, India’s MoS for External Affairs MJ Akbar, China’s Wang Yi and South Africa’s Maite Nkoana-Mashabane reiterated their “strong condemnation” <g data-gr-id="22">against</g> terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
“They strongly condemned the recent several attacks, against some BRICS countries, including that in India,” a joint communique released after the meeting said.
An army base in Kashmir’s Uri was attacked on Sunday by heavily-armed militants, in which 18 soldiers lost their lives and many were injured.
“They urged for concerted efforts to counter terrorism on a firm international legal basis, under the UN auspices, and expressed their conviction that a comprehensive approach was necessary to ensure effective fight against terrorism,” the communique said.
Expressing concern over conflicts in several regions, they said such a situation undermines stability and security and “provide fertile grounds for terrorist activities and cause refugee and migration waves”.
During the day, Akbar held bilateral meetings on the margins of the UN General Assembly session.
He discussed “bilateral and multilateral” issues with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, the Indian mission to the UN said.
Akbar also had discussions with Foreign Minister of Denmark Kristian Jensen, Foreign Minister of Colombia Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar, Foreign Minister of Ireland Charles Flanagan besides meeting Vuk Jeremic, <g data-gr-id="28">candidate</g> of the Republic of Serbia for election as UN Secretary-General.