While reiterating that United Nations (UN) is firmly in support of India when it comes to terror, Secretary General Antonio Guterres has accepted that the global body 'has not been able to define terrorism.'
The UN Secretary General is on a visit to India, wherein he attended the 'Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention' at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on Tuesday, before he gave a public lecture on '‘Global Challenges, Global Solutions'.
During the event, Guterres was questioned about terrorism, and the stand of UN on this matter by Republic TV's Aditya Raj Kaul. He answered it by saying,
"We have just created an office of counter-terrorism in secretariat. We have launched a programme not only on the counter-terrorism but also on the prevention of violent extremism. We now have a centre of co-ordination where 38 agencies deal with that to be much effective to deal with the member states, and we are putting more and more agenda of terrorism in the security council. It's clear that we are totally committed to it. But it's also clear that today terrorism became a major problem because we have more and more conflicts interlinked, and more and more conflicts linked to terrorism. Then you have a number of situations in which discrimination, unresolved problems facilitates the work of terrorists."
Soon after his comment, a point was raised regarding the definition of terrorism, for which he replied,
"There is no agreement on the definition of the terrorism. It's not so dramatic because there are number of tools and instruments working on that. But the problem of definition of terrorism is several complexities. For instance, the terrorism committed by state. So there are a number of things that are complicated to have a common definition of terrorism. It is true we never managed to have it and we never managed to have a true convention because of the definition."
Putting his weight and support behind India when it comes to terrorism, the UN secretary general said,
"India has been in the frontline of supporting this, and we fully support India in this regard."
In the recently concluded UNGA, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had raked up the terrorism issue. She highlighted the barbaric acts by Pakistan committed in the Indian border while stating appealing to 'UN to define terror and pass CCIT'.