As India takes its place on the Security Council, Permanent Representative TS Tirumurti says Delhi must refrain from attempts to dilute the fight against terrorism
Counter-terrorism cooperation and United Nations reform are at the top of the agenda, says India’s permanent representative to the UN. TS Tirumurti In a written interview, as India takes his place in the next two years at the UN Security Council, it is the eighth stage as a non-permanent representative since Friday.
As a member of the UNSC as of January 1, what will be India’s first intervention in this area?
The Security Council, being the main body responsible for peace and security, should theoretically operate non-stop. So, in a way, the clock starts ticking after midnight on December 31st. That being said, the Tunisian Presidency of the Security Council has planned two high-level events in the first two weeks – one on Peace and Security in fragile contexts and another on international cooperation in counter-terrorism, where we expect to participate at a high level.
Would India use the UNSC mandate to promote the adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism? What kind of resolutions do you hope to see the UN adopt on the issue of counter-terrorism and in the implementation of the 1267 ISIL / Al Qaeda Commission?
Fighting terrorism is a major priority for India when we are on the Security Council. With regard to the 1267 Sanctions Committee on ISIL (Da’esh), it is important that its decisions be taken in an impartial and apolitical manner, and that those who refuse to implement its decisions be held accountable. We should refrain from attempts by some Member States to politicize the work of the Committee since 1267, thus diluting our fight against terrorism once again.
The inability of the United Nations to agree on a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) remains one of the obvious shortcomings in the international legislative framework that could have increased law enforcement efforts to destroy safe havens for terrorists, their financial flows and networks of terrorists. support.
At the moment, could tensions between India and China in the LAC expand into the UNSC?
Bilateral issues are best dealt with bilaterally. As for us, we are entering the Security Council with a positive and progressive agenda. We look forward to working constructively with all members and hope that we can do so with all members in a similar spirit of constructive cooperation.
In the past year, the UN Secretary-General and UN agencies have expressed concern over a number of India’s internal issues, such as Jammu and Kashmir, the Citizenship Amendment Act, the Hathras rape case, restrictions on NGOs, and so on Does India’s position on the UN border border such activism from UN agencies or will there be more attention on India?
These issues concern the internal affairs of India. Officials commenting on these issues were clearly exceeding their mandates. However, we have never hesitated to explain in detail our position on all these issues when we are questioned, because we eliminate ill-informed, motivated or otherwise statements. We sincerely hope that, whether or not we are on the Security Council, these UN agencies limit themselves to dealing only with those issues that fall within their mandate.
Pakistan has also submitted a “file” of allegations against India on the issue of terrorism by the UNSC deadline. How challenging are such actions by Pakistan?
No country or international organization would humor anyone who incites terrorism and encourages separatism in UN member states under any justification. Pakistan’s ridiculous attempt to file a “dossier” is another prank by the international community. A delegation that is universally recognized as the epicenter of global terror and refuses to take any action against the terror factories it continues to produce has absolutely no credibility. For obvious reasons, there are no participants in the international community for what is obviously another anti-India propaganda exercise. As far as India is concerned, such theater is no challenge.
Can the UNSC reform, which India requested, be carried out during its two-year term at the UNSC?
The reality is that, while the vast majority of UN member states strongly support comprehensive Security Council reforms, a handful of status quoists have consistently opposed any reform. Of course, the reform of the Security Council is not led by the Security Council, but by the so-called intergovernmental negotiation process (IGN) of the General Assembly. We are determined to work towards immediate and time-limited text negotiations. India’s credentials are known to all. However, the two years of our Council will be another opportunity to demonstrate to the global community how important it is for the Security Council to be more representative and to reflect contemporary realities.
If there is one outcome / resolution that you hope will be achieved more than others by the end of India’s UNSC mandate in 2022, what would it be?
While questions like these have no easy answers, if there is one goal I would like to achieve by 2022 – it is to show the world the importance of “reformed multilateralism” and, inevitably, the important place that India enjoys in this construction to promote international peace and security.