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Need to ensure UN resolutions on counter-terrorism complied with: UNGA President

Need to ensure UN resolutions on counter-terrorism complied with: UNGA PresidentUnited Nations: UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa has stressed the need to ensure that UN resolutions on countering terrorism are strictly complied with, saying that the implementation gap has to be narrowed amid a shared understanding that terrorism is a global threat.

She noted that while the progress on adopting the Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism (CCIT) has been slow, it does not mean the UN is not doing anything or that there is lack in progress on counter-terror initiatives.

"There is shared understanding that terrorism is a global threat and that the efforts to counter terrorism have to be put in place. This is not a one-country initiative. It has to be a collective responsibility," Espinosa told PTI in an exclusive interview here.

"There are things happening of course, there is engagement and commitment as well. We have to really narrow the implementation gap that we have in the house. I have to acknowledge that. We pass several resolutions every year and we need to be very serious about making sure there are implemented and complied with," she said.

Espinosa said that there are different perspectives on how to tackle the issue of counter-terrorism.

Commenting on why the progress on implementing the CCIT has been slow and what further can be done to ensure its speedy adoption, she said when "member states have to face decisions regarding a legally binding instrument, they get very nervous about that. There is more dialogue that is needed."

India had proposed a draft document in 1996 on Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) at the United Nations but that draft has remained a draft even today as UN member states cannot agree on a common language.

Espinosa acknowledged that the initiative by India on CCIT is a "very interesting initiative" and it has to have broader acceptance.

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