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India Calls For ‘Zero-Tolerance’ On Terrorism At United Nations, Seeks International Cooperation To Fight Menace

India has said it is aware of the perils of the diversion and illicit transfer of small arms and ammunition to armed non-state actors and terrorists.

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India has called for “zero-tolerance” on terrorism at United Nations, saying the country is aware of the perils of the diversion and illicit transfer of small arms and ammunition to armed non-state actors and terrorists.

The country’s permanent representative to the United Nations Ruchira Kamboj has highlighted the role of the illicit traffic of small arms and light in the sustenance of conflicts by armed and terrorist groups.

Kamboj said the increase in volume and the quality of the arsenal acquired by such terrorist organisations is a reminder that they enjoy the support and sponsorship of states, HT reported.

She was speaking at the UNSC Open Debate on Small Arms.

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“Having fought the scourge of terrorism for several decades. India is aware of the perils of the diversion and illicit transfer of small arms and ammunition to armed non-state actors and terrorists,” she said, the report mentioned.

“We have suffered immensely due to cross-border terrorism and violence carried out by terrorist groups using these illicit weapons smuggled across our borders, including now through the use of drones,” she added, the report stated.

Kamboj added: "The increase in volume and the quality of the arsenal acquired by these terrorist organizations reminds us time and again that they cannot exist without the sponsorship or support of states," the report mentioned.

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The Indian foreign service officer called upon the UN to exercise zero tolerance against terror groups and their sponsors, the report stated.

"The illicit traffic of small arms and light weapons and related ammunition is a key enabler for sustaining conflicts by armed and terrorist groups. This necessitates the need for coordinated efforts by states to limit the acquisition of small arms and light weapons by such actors. It is therefore important that this council exercise a zero tolerance for terror actors and their sponsors, their possession and misuse of small arms and light weapons," Kamboj said, the report mentioned.

She also asserted the need for international cooperation to identify diversion points and trafficking routes around the world.

"International cooperation is essential in strengthening existing mechanisms for information exchange to identify diversion points, trafficking routes, customs control, cross border cooperation, etcetera, to prevent diversion and the illicit transfers of small arms and life weapons and their ammunition," she said, as per the report.

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