India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (l) with Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio at IBSA-India Brazil South Africa meet in New York, Sept. 27. (MEA/PTI)
It is incumbent to dismantle the support infrastructure of terrorist organizations as their access to funds, finances and technology enables them to carry out attacks with “impunity,” India has said as it called for making the UN counter-terrorism mechanism efficient in listing terrorists and their outfits, writes Yoshita Singh.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s remarks came at the 9th IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) Trilateral Ministerial Commission meeting held Sept. 27, on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.
“Terrorism, non-state actors, and illicit financial flows undermine the very cause of development and prosperity. Terrorist organizations use sophisticated equipment, weapons, and ammunitions that are financed through illicit and illegitimate sources,” she said.
“Allowing them access to funds, finances, information, weapons, and technology enables them to carry out attacks with impunity. It is incumbent therefore to dismantle their support infrastructure,” she said.
The IBSA meeting was convened by Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs Aloysio Nunes Ferreira Filho and attended by South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu.
Swaraj said India’s proposal on Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism (CCIT) will fill in the significant vacuum to combat the scourge of terrorism.
“United Nations’ counter-terrorism mechanism should be made efficient in listing terrorists and their outfits. Implementation of FATF (Financial Action Task Force) standards, across all jurisdictions, will strengthen international efforts in addressing terrorism,” she said.
Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on reforming global institutions and his call for “reformed multilateralism , Swaraj said IBSA countries have been at the forefront on initiating reform of global institutions.
“However, above all these, we three have to ensure that our collective voice is heard clearly in BRICS and other groups on UN Security Council reforms, since if we don’t speak up for our own interest, no else will,” she said.
Swaraj also reiterated India’s willingness to contribute more to Africa, both in security and development cooperation.
“We are deeply concerned with continuing tensions on the border between Gaza Strip and Israel. India firmly believes that the dialogue is the only viable option to effectively address the issues in that region,” she said.
The ministers reviewed IBSA cooperation over last one year and exchanged views on various issues of global significance, including peace, security, countering terrorism, Development Cooperation and South-South Cooperation.
Swaraj said the values of democracy, pluralism, multiculturalism, tolerance, social-inclusion, rule-based international order, UN reforms, and shared commitment to 2030 agenda are enshrined deeply in IBSA cooperation.
The Ministers also discussed IBSA events planned for 2018-19 to mark the fifteenth-anniversary of IBSA. The Ministers agreed to host these events in all three countries as well as on the margins of multilateral events/ fora.