UNSC: India concerned over terrorists acquiring chemical weapons, urges global action


New York: Expressing concern over the possibility of chemical weapons falling into the hands of terrorists, India has urged the United Nations (UN) to ensure unrelenting global action to prevent such a catastrophe.

Speaking at a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) session on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, India’s Permanent Representative T.S. Tirumurti said on Tuesday that the possibility of such weapons falling into the hands of terrorist organisations and individuals is a matter of concern for the government of India.

“Taking advantage of the decade long conflict in Syria, terrorist groups have managed to entrench themselves in the country. This has posed a threat to the entire region. We cannot afford to allow any sanctuary to these terrorists. The world cannot afford to dilute the fight against these terrorist groups,” he said.

Reiterating India’s condemnation of the use of chemical weapons, Tirumurti said that the government of India strongly condemns the use of such weapons.

The virtually held session was the first open meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) since the start of th coronavirus pandemic. The session saw the first official statement by India after joining the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as a non-permanent member this month.