Tuesday, November 28, 2023

UNSC’s Meet: Jaishankar Throws Light on ‘Misuse of Technologies’ for Terrorism

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Terrorism continues to be the greatest menace to mankind, according to Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who also announced that India will provide the United Nations’ counterterrorism organisation with $5 lakh.

S. Jaishankar was addressing on the second day of the UNSC Counter-Terrorism Committee conference in New Delhi, where diplomats from various countries are debating issues of international importance.

The three primary difficulties that the committee will concentrate on are the use of the internet and social media in terrorist activities, the use of new payment technologies for fundraising, and the use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

All 15 UNSC members were represented in a session earlier on Friday that took place at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai, which was the scene of a terrorist assault in 2008.

S. Jaishankar, the minister of external affairs, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken brought up the matter of designating the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack planners as international terrorists during the opening session in Mumbai. The 26/11 incident, according to Jaishankar, will never be forgotten.

The images of every significant suspect in the various terror strikes against India, including Hafiz Saeed and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, were displayed on the screen for everyone in attendance. A facsimile of the famous horse-shoe table seen in the UNSC chamber in New York served as the delegates’ seating.

China’s delegate urged the nations to “avoid mutual accusations and politicising technical matters,” but China refused to name the five terrorists.

China previously prevented India and the US from naming Sajid Mir as a global terrorist at the UN in September of this year.

The head of the Counter-Terrorism Committee is presently held by India, a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the UN Security Council adopted resolution 1373 of 2001 addressing counterterrorism, creating the Counter-Terrorism Committee.

Since the UNSC-CTC was founded in 2001, this is the first meeting of its kind to take place in India. The CTC is presided over by the Permanent Representative of India to the UN till 2022.

This UNSC meeting is being attended by representatives from Albania, Brazil, China, France, Gabon, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, Norway, Russia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US).

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