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Dhaka to Support International Convention on Terrorism
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12 October 2006
Dhaka, Bangladesh (AHN)
Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, assured Bangladesh they will cooperate with the U.N. on framing an international convention against terrorism.
"Bangladesh condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations," he said in a debate on "Measure to eliminate international terrorism" in the Legal Committee (Sixth) of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, according to a message received in Dhaka on Thursday.
However, he stated that a genuine struggle against colonial domination or foreign domination does not fall within the purview of the definition of terrorism.
Dr. Iftekhar said Bangladesh itself had fought a War of Liberation, much of which was conducted unconventionally. "No War of Independence has been any difference," he added.
The Bangladesh Ambassador criticized those who attempt to link terrorism with one religion, Islam. "This is not only unfair but also imprudent: It ignores Islam's great contribution to human civilization and culture, and only increases the divide separating nations and peoples," he said.
He informed the delegations that in order to foster international understanding, the Bangladesh delegation each year introduces a resolution on a 'Culture of Peace' in the General Assembly.