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UN should do more to send right message to terror groups: India

Asserting that the United Nations (UN) should do more to send the right message to terror groups, India has said that the inconsistent implementation of sanctions on some terrorist outfits eats away at the UN’s authority.

“The United Nations must do more to send the right message. Inconsistent implementation of sanctions on some of these terrorist outfits eats away at the UN’s authority and needs to be addressed,” Indian Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said in his address to the UN General Assembly.

“The leader of the Taliban – a proscribed entity – needs to be designated as a terrorist individual. The international community is impatient for action,” he said.

Earlier this week, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had asked a delegation of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee to include new Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah (Akhundzada) and others in the list of terrorists.

“Unless the Security Council and its subordinate organs are part of a cohesive response to global terrorism, they run the risk of becoming marginalised from the most fundamental security priorities of Member States whose fabric is being torn as under by terrorists,” Akbaruddin warned.

Addressing the UN General Assembly as it adopted a unanimous resolution on Afghanistan, he said the security challenges faced by the Afghan people and government have not receded. “We note that Afghanistan, along with the Resolute Support Force, continues to make efforts to combat terrorism,” he said.

“However, the shadowy supporters of some terrorist groups such as the Taliban, Haqqani Network, ISIS, AI-Qaeda and its designated affiliates such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammed have not been deterred,” he said.
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