Margarita, September 18: Vice President Hamid Ansari on Sunday said that terrorism is the biggest threat to global peace and no cause justifies killing of civilians. He was addressing the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Margarita Island, Venezuela. President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro, the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Ansari further said that a peaceful global environment is essential for development and for development cooperation; such cooperation must be undertaken in exercise of the sovereign will of each member of the community of nations.
Vice President said that today, the biggest threat to international peace, and to the sovereignty of States, is the phenomenon of Terrorism and no cause justifies the indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians as a means to achieve a political goal or change of policies.
He further said that terrorism is one of the most egregious sources of human right violations today, and its use as an instrument of State policy is to be unequivocally condemned as it has become a major impediment to development.
Vice President said that the imperative for the Non-Aligned Movement to galvanize the international community to address this menace of Terrorism, including by adopting the draft Comprehensive UN Convention on Terrorism.
He further said that urgent reform of the Security Council as part of the effort to make the United Nations fit for the 21st century. We need to establish a mechanism within our movement that will ensure effective cooperation in combating terrorism, that is the main threat to security, sovereignty and development, he added.
“World leaders at their Summit at the UN in 2005 had called for urgent reform of the Security Council as part of the effort to make the United Nations fit for the 21st century. The Inter-governmental Negotiations process currently underway in the UN General Assembly seeks to fulfill that mandate. We must use the forthcoming 71st UNGA to ensure that our discussions in the IGN move forward” said Ansari.
Vice President said that theme for the next three years – “Peace, Sovereignty and Solidarity for Development” – is in congruence with our founding principles. He further said that sustainable development is both the bedrock and the highest aspiration of our efforts; hence the importance of solidarity that this Movement attaches to achieving it.
He also said that the other two elements of our triad of objectives – Peace and Sovereignty – are a pre-requisite for development. NAM must be in the vanguard of the principal international debates on political, strategic and even economic and social issues, he added.
“In 1983, at New Delhi, the NAM Summit had noted that ‘the earth belongs to us all’ – and had implored humanity to ‘cherish it in peace´ based on the `dignity and equality’ of humanity. We began a discussion on this at the Cartagena Summit in 1995; this discussion must continue and fructify so that NAM may achieve its full potential”, the Vice President concluded.