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UN does not know the definition of terrorism, says PM Modi in Brussels
In the backdrop of the terror attacks that shook Brussels last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the dangers posed by terrorism and said the the United Nations should address the threat or else the global body would be rendered irrelevant.

As PM Modi has also said in the past, while addressing the Indian diaspora in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Wednesday night, he said that it was unfortunate that the UN had so far been unable to even define terrorism and act on a resolution which prescribes action against the countries which harbour and provide aid to global terrorism.

While underlining the fact that terrorism needs to be delinked from religion, PM Modi said that the menace of terrorism posed a challenge to humanity and a collective effort from all humanity is required to fight against it.

He also stressed upon the fact that terrorism cannot be defeated by guns alone, but a more conducive environment was required to be created in the society to ensure that the youth are not radicalised.

He said that while the world had just recently began to feel the impact of terrorism, it was India that had been facing the menace since the last 40 years.

The Prime Minister said, "The world was jolted by 9/11. Till then the world powers did not understand what India was going through. But India never bowed to terrorism and there is no question of bowing to it."

PM Modi while referring to the United Nations said that it had the means and mechanism to counter terrorism, but the global body does not understand the true definition of terrorism and how to deal with it.

He said, "The UN could not perform its duty in this regard...if the UN does not address this problem, it will not be too far before the world body loses its relevance."

Modi said that the world leaders will have to take the lead to curb terrorism or else the world would face more destruction. During his address which lasted for almost an hour, the Prime Minister also highlighted the achievements of his government with regards to ending corruption, bringing transperancy in government functioning while citing various programmes.

Before the commencement of his speech, a minutes silence was observed in memory of the victims of the Brussels terror attack.

Describing the recent attack in Brussels as terrible, he said "I express my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. It is after long that people here had faced such dastardly act."

"During the last few years, 90 countries have faced terror attacks, with hundreds falling victims. In my talks here, the main topic was terrorism. They have told me you have been suffering for the last 40 years," he said.

Modi while talking about the progress of the country in the last two years, said that India had now become the fastest growing nation.

This has not happened because of Naseeb or Modi, but because of people. During the last two consecutive years, there have been droughts in different parts of India, but the country still has made progress at a fast rate. If our intentions are good, nobody can stop India from progressing," he said.

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