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Manmohan Stresses on Reforms in the UN


Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday called for the strengthening of international cooperation to combat terrorism, adding that it was 'vital' to bring its perpetrators, financiers and sponsors to justice.

Addressing the 63rd session of the U.N. General Assembly here, he also made a strong pitch for expeditious conclusion of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism and swift reforms of the UN, including changes in the composition of the Security Council to reflect contemporary realities of the 21st century.

He warned that growing assertion of separate identities and ethnic, cultural and religious intolerance threatens developmental efforts as also peace and stability.

On UN reforms, he said: "It is only a truly representative and revitalized United Nations that can become the effective focal point for the cooperative efforts of the world community. We need to expeditiously hold negotiations towards this end."

Hailing return of democracy in Pakistan, Singh said India is committed to resolving all issues, including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir through dialogue.

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