UN Secretary’s statement came after China blocked a joint proposal by India, US to blacklist Lashkar-e-Taiba leader
While addressing an event in Gujarat’s Kevadia, Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations called for global cooperation in the fight against terrorism. The UN Secretary’s statement came after China blocked a joint proposal by India and the US to blacklist Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Talha Saeed and designate him as an international threat.
He went on to condole the death of the victims who lost their lives during the Mumbai terror attacks that took place on November 26, 2008.
The UN Secretary said, “Terrorism is absolute evil. There are no reasons, pretexts, causes, or grievances that can justify terrorism. It has no room in today’s world. I feel deeply moved to be here, where one of the most barbaric terrorist acts in history took place. I want to pay tribute to the 166 people who lost their lives during 26/11, they are the heroes of our world. I would also want to express my deepest condolences to their families, friends, people of India, and all those from other parts of the world who died during the Mumbai attack”.
Guterres stated that fighting terrorism should be a global priority and the roots of violent extremism must be targeted to get rid of the terrorists and their actions. “At the same time, this office is fighting the roots of violent extremism as there is no reason to justify it in terms of religion, ethnicity, and other beliefs that people might have. We need to attack the roots of violent extremism that try to justify terrorist acts”, said Guterres.
He stated, “My first reform after becoming the UN Secretary-General was to make the proposal for the creation of a counter-terrorism office. The office which is today in full strength is cooperating with member states in order to provide all kinds of assistance, training, and advice that are necessary for them to be prepared, prevent, and simultaneously fight against terrorist acts.”
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