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Indian FM Jaishankar reprimands China and Pakistan for Defending Terrorism

“The United Nations responds to terrorism by sanctioning its perpetrators. Those who politicize the UNSC 1267 Sanctions regime, sometimes to the extent of defending proclaimed terrorists, do so at their own peril. Believe me, they advance neither their own interests nor indeed their reputation,” Jaishankar said at the United Nations General Assembly without naming China.

In an indirect but stark message to China regarding the blocking of blacklisted terrorists at the UN, Indian Foreign Minister Dr. S Jaishankar stated that those who politicize the UNSC 1267 sanctions regime to defend self-proclaimed terrorists do so at their own peril.

Referring to Pakistan’s support for cross-border terrorism, Jaishankar said “no rhetoric, however sacred, can ever cover the bloodstains”.

“The UN responds to terrorism by sanctioning its perpetrators. Those who politicize the UNSC 1267 sanctions regime, sometimes to the point of defending self-proclaimed terrorists, do so at their own peril. Believe me, they are neither promoting their own interests nor their reputation,” Jaishankar told the UN General Assembly without naming China.

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India, which has borne the brunt of cross-border terrorism for decades, is firmly pursuing a “zero tolerance” approach. In our view, there is no justification for any act of terrorism, regardless of motivation. And no rhetoric, however sanctimonious, can ever cover the bloodstains,” Jaishankar told the UN General Assembly.

During the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said that the reforms in the Security Council received support from the members of the United Nations. He further said that UN members supported the reform because they recognized that the current architecture was anachronistic and ineffective.

Jaishankar also said the justice of the Global South is “definitely addressed”

“It is also seen as deeply unfair because it denies entire continents and regions a voice in the forum that considers their future. India is ready to take on more responsibility. But at the same time, they are trying to ensure that the injustices facing the global South are decisively addressed,” Jaishankar said.

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“Our challenge is to allow serious negotiations on such a critical matter to proceed in good faith. They must not be blocked by procedural tactics. Opponents cannot hold the IGN process hostage forever. In these turbulent times, it is imperative that the world listens to more voices of reason. And will experience more acts of goodwill. India is willing and able in both respects. We believe and advocate that this is not an era of war and conflict. On the contrary, it is a time of development and cooperation,” he added.

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