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Months of talks led to India views figuring in Delhi Declaration

India successfully managed opposition and got its views on ‘terrorists safe havens’, ‘terror financing’ and ‘all forms of terrorism’ included in the Delhi Declaration of the UN Security Council‘s special meeting.

The two-day UNSC meet on counter terrorism vindicated the international community’s support for India’s position on the menace and ferocity of terror, people in the know told ET. While Pakistan was not named in any of the documents or speeches, when Sajid Mir’s voice orchestrating 26/11 terror attacks was played at the Mumbai leg of the event, the reference was obvious.

China has blocked Mir’s designation by the UNSC under the 1267 Sanctions committee.

The Delhi meet was in the works for many months and involved the Indian side undertaking painstaking negotiations with some of the members of the UNSC to put the Joint Declaration in place, according to one of the people who did not wish to be identified. India managed to get a consensus for the Joint Declaration, which will serve as a basis for New Delhi‘s rotating presidency of the UNSC in December, ET has learnt.

Sources pointed out that India’s concerns regarding use of modern technology by terrorists, terror financing via innovative methods, lack of support from some powers (read China) on UNSC listings against terrorists and 2008 Mumbai terror attacks found mention in various speeches by ministers and officials who attended the October 28-29 meet. This vindicated New Delhi’s position among international actors.

Some of the current members of the UNSC – Brazil, Gabon and Ghana – which never experienced any cross-border terror attack, also came forward to back India’s position on international terror, sources recalled. Earlier the UN Secretary General visited the 26/11 site and paid homage to the victims.

The Delhi Declaration noted with concern the increased use of Internet and other information and communications technologies, including social media platforms, by terrorists and their supporters for the recruitment and incitement to commit terrorist acts, as well as for the financing, planning and preparation of their activities. The declaration recognised that innovations in financial technologies, products and services, such as virtual assets and new financial instruments, including crowdfunding platforms, may offer economic opportunities but also present a risk of being misused, including for terrorist-financing. The declaration underscored the obligation of member states to prevent and suppress financing of terrorist acts.

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