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UNGA approves creation of new office to combat terrorism

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UNGA approves creation of new office to combat terrorism
Source: Dawn

In order to coordinate counter-terrorism efforts, the UN General Assembly has approved the establishment of a new office. The move has been welcomed by India as it will align the world body with needs of the global community in the fight against terrorism.

On Thursday, the General Assembly with 193 members adopted a consensus resolution. During the meeting, they approved the establishment of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, which will be headed by an Under-Secretary-General.

India said that it is a significant move as it demonstrates the importance given to the collective and coordinated action on terrorism.

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India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador, Syed Akbaruddin said, “India believes that the creation of the Office of Counter-Terrorism Coordinator is a much awaited first step in our efforts to enhance coordination of the UN’s CT (counter- terrorism) efforts”.

He said the office’s creation will align the UN with the changed global reality and needs of the international community.

Earlier, Secretary General Antonio Guterres addressed reporters in Kabul and said that support for terrorism by any country in the world entails high price.

Further welcoming the creation of the counter-terrorism office, he expressed hope that this reform of the UN counter- terrorism architecture will contribute to sustainable peace and development.