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EAM Sushma Swaraj Slams Pakistan At UNGA, Says They Are Breeders & Keepers Of Terrorism

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| September 30 , 2018 , 12:29 IST

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday addressed 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly being held in New York City of the United States.

The External Affairs Minister began her address by congratulating the Ma Fernanda Espinosa for taking charge as the President of the 73rd session of General Assembly. She further said that the first woman to assume the charge was Indian – Vijayalakshmi Pandit in the year 1953.

Climate

Swaraj observed that climate is the biggest challenge of the world. She said that Underdeveloped and developing nations are the worst victims of climate change, she continued, underscoring that “those who have exploited nature for their immediate needs cannot abdicate their responsibilities”. 

Swaraj further added, “Developed nations must lift the deprived with financial and technical resources.  The principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities was reiterated in the 2015 Paris Agreement.  India has risen to the challenge, notably by launching the International Solar Alliance in partnership with France.  The Alliance is now comprised of 68 members.”

Terrorism

Terrorism, which represents the second existential threat to humanity, is bred across India’s border to the west, she said, adding:  “Our neighbour’s expertise is not restricted to spawning grounds for terrorism; it is also an expert in trying to mask malevolence with verbal duplicity.”  

Swaraj rebuking Pakistan said, “Pakistan helped in hiding the mastermind of 9/11 US attacks Osama Bin Laden. She also accused Pakistan on giving safe haven to 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Sayeed.

She further lashed Pakistan’s claims that India is putting a halt on the peace talks, Swaraj said that talks had begun many times and that if they stopped, it was only because of Pakistan’s behaviour. India accepted Pakistan’s proposal of a meeting between the two countries’ Foreign Ministers in New York.  But, soon after, terrorists killed three of her country’s police officials, she recalled, questioning the idea that this could indicate a desire for dialogue.

She said, In 1996, India proposed a draft document on CCIT at the United Nations. Till today, that draft has remained a draft, because we cannot agree on a common language. On the one hand, we want to fight terrorism; on the other, we cannot define it.

She further said, She also referred to the last year incident at the UN session when Pakistan’s representative, using right to reply, displayed some photographs as “proof” of “human rights violations” by India. The photographs turned out to be from another country. Similar false accusations have become part of its standard rhetoric.

Reforms

The United Nations must accept the need for fundamental reform. She said, “Reform cannot be cosmetic. We need to change the institution’s head and heart to make both compatible with the contemporary.”

“If the UN is ineffective, the whole concept of multilateralism will collapse. India believes that we must move forward together or we sink into the swamp of stagnation,” she said.