"Every day we are faced with distressing reminders to governments, societies and individuals of the threat held out by terrorists", India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin said on Thursday after a briefing by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on his priorities for the year.

Negotiations for the treaty that would provide for unified global action have been deadlocked for over 20 years, despite a renewed commitment to it by world leaders in 2005. Differences in defining what are terrorist organisations and who are terrorists are factors holding up the proposed treaty.

Some countries want exemption made for groups they consider to be national liberation movements instead of terrorist organisations, and terrorists they consider to be freedom fighters.

"We think it is time to have a closer look at what we can do more and do better together to build global norms to counter the common threat posed by terrorism and violent extremism", Akbaruddin said.

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