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13 November 2009
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
Meeting (AM & PM)
CHAIRS OF THREE SECURITY COUNCIL COMMITTEES AIMED AT COUNTERING TERRORIST THREAT
MONITORING RELATED SANCTIONS, BRIEF COUNCIL ON PROGRESS SINCE MAY
Subsidiary Bodies Established by Resolutions 1267 (1999), 1373 (2001), 1540 (2004)
Terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to non-State actors continued to be a threat to international peace and security, and cooperation was a crucial element in the efforts to counter that threat, Ranko Vilovic ( Croatia) told the Security Council today.
Speaking on behalf of the three Committees established to enforce the Security Council’s counter-terrorism measures and related sanctions -– the subsidiary bodies established pursuant to resolution 1373 (2001) on counter-terrorism; resolution 1267 (1999) on Al-Qaida and Taliban sanctions; and resolution 1540 (2004) on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction -– Mr. Vilovic, who chairs the Counter-Terrorism Committee, said the Committees attached great importance to coordination and cooperation among themselves and their experts groups in order to contribute to an effective and efficient approach to the fight against terrorism within the United Nations-framework and within the broader efforts of the international community.
In the ensuing debate, speakers stressed that coordination and cooperation between the three Committees should be expanded, as cooperation was a prerequisite in enhancing the Council’s effectiveness in countering the threat of terrorism. Some speakers, however, including the representatives of Syria and Libya, said that, in order to make the fight against the scourge of terrorism effective, the international community should agree on a definition of terrorism and differentiate it from the legitimate right of people to resistance against foreign occupation. They mentioned, in that regard, Israel’s “State terrorism” against the people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the occupied Syrian Golan.
ESHAGH ALEHABIB (
... He added that the cold-blooded State terrorism of Israel in the Palestinian Territory was also of serious concern to the international community.
BASHAR JA’AFARI (
) said that his country was among the first to call for efforts to eradicate international terrorism and had asked for an international conference to determine a definition of terrorism and to distinguish it from the legitimate struggle of people suffering from occupation, which was guaranteed under international law. He condemned terrorism as an unjust criminal action and called for action on all levels to combat that scourge. The crimes against the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and his people in the occupied Syrian Golan committed by Israel were war crimes and constituted a form of State terrorism, in violation of human rights and international law.
He said Syria cooperated fully with the three Committees and had established national committees to cooperate with them. Although the Council Committees contributed to coordinating international efforts in the fight against international terrorism, they discriminated against certain Member States, as it concentrated on certain geographical groupings and turned a blind eye to other States. His country also fought against money laundering and financing of terrorism, and had participated in numerous international workshops.
As for implementation of resolution 1540 (2004), he said his country had presented a national report to the 1540 Committee and had been one of the first countries to sign the NPT. It did not possess any nuclear weapons or means of their delivery, nor any material to manufacture them. Israel was the sole party in the Middle East that possessed a huge arsenal of nuclear weapons and that refused to accede to the NPT. Its installations were not subject to any verification. Its non-compliance with the NPT revealed its disrespect for resolution 1540 (2004) and for the IAEA, he said, and reiterated Syria’s call for the Middle East to become a nuclear-weapon-free zone.
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