New York, Sep 8: Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday highlighted the need to renew the commitment, especially at the UN, for concerted, cohesive and continuing global action against terrorism.
“There can be no tolerance for states sheltering, arming, training or financing terrorists. Nor can they absolve themselves of the responsibility to prevent their territories from being used to launch acts of terrorism,” he said, while addressing the 68th session of United Nations General Assembly here.
Dr. Singh said the increasingly complex challenges to international peace and security require a new international consensus to be built, whether it is in cyber security, non proliferation or terrorism.
“This year, 25 years after Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi put forward a comprehensive Action Plan for a Nuclear Weapon-free and Non-violent World Order, we must strengthen efforts against nuclear proliferation and pursue time-bound, universal, non-discriminatory, phased and verifiable nuclear disarmament,” said Dr. Singh.
“We must also guard against terrorists and non-state actors gaining access to sensitive materials and technologies,” he added.
Dr. Singh further said the United Nations will be seventy years old two years from now.
“Every new state that was born during this period took its place in this Assembly not just with pride but also with hope. 2015 will be a moment to celebrate our successes and to ensure that the UN is ready for this century by completing the much needed reforms of the United Nations and its Security Council, by developing an ambitious and balanced post-2015 Development Agenda and by demonstrating our capacity to cooperate effectively for durable peace and security in this world,” he added. (ANI)