National legal system to be strengthened to counter terror: INDIA

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New York: Calling the rule of law the most effective tool to fight terrorism, India has said the national legal systems should be strengthened to apply the UN’s counter-terror laws.

India has called for making the UN and its entities “relevant and effective” in countering terrorism while asserting that the national legal systems must be resilient enough to prosecute and penalise the menace.

Underscoring the commitment of UN member states to zero tolerance of terrorism, India’s Ambassador to the UN Asok Mukerji said terrorism is the single biggest threat to international peace, security and socio-economic development today.

Mukherji said, “National legal systems must be resilient enough to effectively prosecute and penalize terrorism, using the UN legal norms contained in the appropriate counter terrorism instruments.”

Terrorism is “the single biggest threat to international peace, security and socio-economic development”, Mukerji said and suggested that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon communicate to the UNCCT his recommendations on UN’s role in fighting terrorism.