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India slams UN Security Council for Delaying to sanction terror-leader

Yatindra Bhatnagar

What’s wrong with the United Nations? Or is it the consistent policy to succumb to the Chinese and the gang of terrorist and terror-funding countries to make the UN look the other way and continue with its inaction?

This is becoming clearer and clearer as the international body keeps taking longer and longer time to make the correct decisions. The current case in point is the handling of a big terror-leader, Masood Azhar, the JeM chief.

India has strongly criticized the Security Council for taking months to consider sanctioning leaders of terror groups. The irony is the UN itself has designated those terrorists as such and is expected to take quick and effective action.

India has demanded action to get Masood Azhar banned. But the UN has put India’s demand on “technical hold.”

This was made amply clear by the India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin when he slammed the UN and emphasized that the Security Council is stuck in its own "time warp and politics." He blasted the Council’s inability and inaction to sanction the leaders of terrorist organizations.

Agencies reported India’s representative saying that "While our collective conscience is ravaged everyday by terrorists in some region or another, the Security Council gives itself 9 months to consider whether to sanction leaders of organizations it has itself designated as terrorist entities.” Akbaruddin was speaking at a session on equitable representation and increase in the membership of the Security Council, at the UN headquarters in New York.

China had earlier extended the "technical hold" on India's move to get Azhar designated as a terrorist by the UN for six months. But the ‘hold’ expired in September and China again asked for a three-month extension.

Akbaruddin lamented that the snail-paced and "never-ending carousel of discussions" on United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reforms, saying "it is time to break the impasse" to urgently reform the body that is "unresponsive" to the current global situation.

The inability to respond to humanitarian situations, terrorist threats and peacekeeping vulnerabilities during this year itself are part of the price that is being paid for the international community's lack of progress on the critical matter, he noted.

"On issues pivotal to international security such as Syria, there is inaction, and on other situations like dealing with the peacekeeping crisis in South Sudan we see fragmented action which is not implemented even months after being agreed upon," Akbaruddin said.

"The Security Council, stuck in its own time warp and politics, can only be described as working randomly on the basis of a mix of ad-hocism, scrambling and political paralysis. Need one say more about the urgency of the need for reform of this relic which has long been unresponsive to the needs of our time," he said.