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BRICS Summit: Narendra Modi pitches for zero tolerance towards terrorism

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 - 11:08am IST | Place: Brasilia (Brazil) | Agency: ANI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pitched for zero tolerance towards terrorism and called for efforts to curb it.

Addressing the BRICS leaders, Modi said, "Terrorism is a threat that has assumed war-like proportions. It is in fact a proxy war aimed at innocent civilians. Due to different yardsticks the international community has not been able to combat terror effectively."

"I firmly believe that Terrorism, in any shape or form, is against Humanity. There should be Zero Tolerance towards Terrorism. Humanity must unite, and isolate terrorist forces, especially states that flout basic norms. Selective targeting of terrorism will not work," he added.

Modi also said that the BRICS must translate its political resolve into a concrete and coordinated Plan of Action.

"We must also put collective pressure on States to deny sanctuaries and support to terrorists," he added.

He also raised the issue of Cyber Security, and said, "While cyber space is a source of great opportunity, cyber security has become a major concern. BRICS countries, should take the lead in preserving Cyber Space, as a global common good. I am happy we are cooperating on this through our National Security Advisors."

Modi also raised concerns over the recent outbreak of violence between Israel and Palestine, and said, "We support a negotiated solution. This would inspire hope and confidence around the world."

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