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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/60/228
12 August 2005

Original: English

Sixtieth session
Item 109 of the provisional agenda*
Measures to eliminate international terrorism





Measures to eliminate international terrorism

Report of the Secretary-General


Summary
    The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 50/53, entitled “Measures to eliminate international terrorism”. Section II of the report contains information submitted by States and international organizations, describing their activities relating to the prevention and suppression of international terrorism. Section III contains a comprehensive inventory of the response of the Secretariat to terrorism, prepared pursuant to paragraph 21 of General Assembly resolution 59/46.




* A/60/150.



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II. Measures taken at the national and international levels regarding the prevention and suppression of international terrorism and information on incidents caused by international terrorism


A. Information received from Member States2


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Denmark

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47. The Public Prosecutor for Serious Economic Crime was investigating two persons affiliated with the Al Aqsa Foundation organization. That investigation related to a suspicion regarding the organization’s possible links to the funding of terrorism in Palestine.

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III. Comprehensive inventory of the response of the Secretariat to terrorism

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Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

141. The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, while it has no activities directly intended to combat terrorism, nevertheless initiated a number of projects aimed, in the long term, at reducing the threat of terrorism. For instance, it prepares an annual report of the Secretary-General requested by the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council on the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan.

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Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Occupied Territories

173. The functions and responsibilities of the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Occupied Territories are designed to support three main objectives: (a) underpinning the Middle East peace effort; (b) responding to the socio-economic needs of the Palestinian people; and (c) supporting the consolidation of an independent, viable and sustainable Palestinian State. Among the many tasks undertaken to further these objectives, several of the Office’s activities contribute to the prevention and suppression of international terrorism.

174. The Office’s diplomatic role is to seek to advance the Middle East peace process by facilitating dialogue between the parties, with the aim of securing a final settlement to the conflict. Currently, it is the only United Nations entity in the occupied Palestinian territory whose work feeds directly into the peace process. In this capacity, the Office advises the Secretary-General on possible courses of action and regularly provides political analysis to Headquarters, the Quartet and local United Nations partners. Furthermore, a key element in ensuring optimal United Nations support to the peace process is a clear communications strategy, which requires the dissemination of accurate information regarding United Nations policy positions, including its stand on the prevention and suppression of terrorism. To that end, since 2000, the Office has issued numerous public condemnations of acts of terror undertaken in its area of operations.

175. Recognizing that socio-economic development is an essential underpinning of peace, one of the Office’s primary functions is to ensure that appropriate levels and types of international assistance are provided to meet the needs of the Palestinian people.

176. Reform of the Palestinian Authority and its subsidiary institutions has been identified as a prerequisite for advancing the Middle East peace process. To this end, the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Occupied Territories has been involved in promoting legislative, judicial and security sector reform and has actively supported and participated in initiatives designed to strengthen the rule of law.

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Notes

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2Information on the participation of States in multilateral agreements relating to the suppression of international terrorism is presented in section IV.

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