New York: Strongly condemning recent terror attacks, including in India, representative of BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – member nations sought a “firm” legal framework under the United Nations for concerted efforts to fight terrorism effectively and called for expediting negotiations to an international accord against the menace.
In a meeting on the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly meeting India and other BRICS members expressed concern that continued conflicts in several regions provided “fertile” grounds for terrorist activities.
The meeting of BRICS’ Ministers of Foreign Affairs also reaffirmed the need for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations, including its Security Council, with a view to make it more representative and efficient, besides calling for “collective action” to boost world economic growth.
Brazil’s Jose Serra, Russia’s Sergey Lavrov, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar, China’s Wang Yi and South Africa’s Maite Nkoana-Mashabane reiterated their “strong condemnation” of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
“They strongly condemned the recent several attacks, against some BRICS countries, including that in India,” a joint communique released after the meeting said.
An army base in Kashmir’s Uri town was attacked on Sunday by heavily-armed militants from Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed in which 18 soldiers were killed and many left injured.
“They urged concerted efforts to counter terrorism on a firm international legal basis, under the UN auspices, and expressed their conviction that a comprehensive approach was necessary to ensure effective fight against terrorism,” the communique said.
Expressing concern over continued conflicts in several regions, they said such a situation undermines stability and security and “provide fertile grounds for terrorist activities and cause refugee and migration waves”.
They also voiced concern over the situation in the Middle East and underlined that the international community should work together to pave the way for the political settlement of conflicts through dialogue and negotiations.
“They recognised the efforts of BRICS countries, in particular that of the Russian Federation aimed at achieving a political solution to the international crisis in Syria including Russia-US arrangements agreed upon in Geneva on September 9,” the communique said.
Reaffirming that poverty eradication is the greatest global challenge, the BRICS leaders said they are committed to continue to working towards the full implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
They also called upon the international community, especially the developed countries, to fulfill their commitments and provide strong support for developing countries.
The BRICS leaders voiced committed to work towards the entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement with completion of due domestic procedures and its full implementation.
During the day, Mr Akbar met with and discussed “bilateral and multilateral” issues with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, the Indian mission to the United Nations said.
Mr Akbar also had discussions with Foreign Minister of Denmark Kristian Jensen, Foreign Minister of Colombia Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar, Foreign Minister of Ireland Charles Flanagan besides meeting Vuk Jeremic, candidate of the Republic of Serbia for election as UN Secretary-General.