Sushma Swaraj today addressed the UNGA and she made some striking remarks.
Here are the highlights from her speech:
- We took the initiative to resolve issues not on the basis of conditions, but on the basis of friendship.
- Did we impose any pre-condition before extending an invitation for the oath-taking ceremony of our government? Did we impose any pre-condition when I went to Islamabad for the Heart of Asia conference and agreed to begin the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue? Did we impose any pre-condition when Prime Minister Modi travelled from Kabul to Lahore? What pre-conditions?
- The Prime Minister of Pakistan also said that India has placed pre-conditions for talks which are not acceptable to him. What pre-conditions?
- I can only say that those accusing others of human rights violations would do well to introspect and see what egregious abuses they are perpetrating in their own country, including in Balochistan.
- In our midst, there are nations that still speak the language of terrorism, that nurture it, peddle it, and export it. To shelter terrorists has become their calling card. We must identify these nations and hold them to account. These nations, in which UN declared terrorists roam freely, lead processions and deliver their poisonous sermons of hate with impunity, are as culpable as the very terrorists they harbour. Such countries should have no place in the comity of nations.
- We need to forget our prejudices and join hands together to script an effective strategy against terror. This is not an impossible task provided we have the will. We can do it, we must do it.
- Therefore if we want to defeat terrorism, there is only one way – that we unite across our differences, add steel to our resolve and inject urgency in our response.
- We will not be able to win against terrorism by making specious distinctions between your problems and mine, between terrorists who attack you and those who attack me.
- But it is important to ask – who is behind this and who benefits from it? Terrorists do not own banks or weapons factories, so let us ask the real question: who finances these terrorists, who arms them and provides sanctuaries?
- Terrorism has gone way beyond affecting individuals or nations – it is a crime against humanity itself.
- It targets the innocent and kills indiscriminately.
- We must acknowledge that terrorism is undoubtedly the biggest violation of human rights.
- However, despite the blood and tears of innocent victims, attacks this year alone in Kabul and Dhaka, Istanbul and Mogadishu, Brussels and Bangkok, Paris, Pathankot and Uri as well as daily barbaric tragedies in Syria and Iraq, remind us that these malevolent forces are yet to be defeated.
- The world has been battling this scourge for long.
- We, who have suffered in Uri recently, understand the pain inflicted by the same forces.
- Tragically, less than 15 days ago, another attempt at killing innocents was made through an act of terror in this same city.
- Let me now turn to a subject of the most critical importance, one which deeply concerns every member of this Assembly. This month we marked the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on this city.
- We have decided to submit our Instrument of Ratification of the Paris Agreement on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi who epitomised a lifestyle with the smallest carbon footprint.
- I assure this Assembly that India will continue to play a leading role in combating climate change.
- Our path-breaking initiative for an International Solar Alliance is intended to make efficient solar technology available for all.
- India has launched an ambitious domestic effort to transform our energy mix to achieve 40% energy from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030.
- We must treat nature fairly, otherwise, there will be catastrophe. We have seen this around the world.
- The world has enough resources for our needs but not greed. That’s why Prime Minister has suggested the principle of climate justice.
- India is the fastest growing major economy in the world.
- We have launched a large programme on sanitation called Swachh Bharat. Lakhs of toilets have been made in schools and they are working.
- A lot of change has taken since I last addressed world leaders from this stage.
- On behalf of India and myself, I thank Ban Ki Moon.