New York, 27 September 2010
Statement by H.E. Mr. Ivan Barbalić, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations
at the UN Security Council Debate
on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts
Letter dated 1 September 2010 from the Permanent Representative of Turkey
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General (S/2010/462)
I would like to express our appreciation to you, Mr. President, and to the Government of the Republic of Turkey for having convened this meeting, and I would like especially to welcome your leadership in today’s debate. We appreciate every opportunity to consolidate our common efforts and we reiterate our determination to fight terrorism in all its aspects as the threat it represents is ever present and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
Due to its various forms, methods and manifestations, terrorism poses challenges to the modern world and our societies and endangers international peace and security. It is therefore our common responsibility to collectively prevent and confront this global plague with both national and coordinated international action. In that context, the United Nations, as a universal Organization, and the Security Council, as the body with primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, bear the greatest burden of responsibility for improving the effectiveness of counter-terrorism policies and developing the international legal standards and norms necessary to that end. Concluding the negotiations on and adopting the comprehensive convention on international terrorism as a specific international law enforcement instrument as soon as possible would provide the international community and Member States with an effective tool for strengthening cooperation and coordination in their joint counter-terrorism action.
The United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy remains a central international framework for the concrete and efficient efforts of the international community. We therefore call for its full implementation, welcoming the recent unanimous adoption of General Assembly resolution 64/297 during the second biennial review of the Strategy.
While the primary responsibility for implementing the Strategy lies with Member States, the leading role of the United Nations in coordinating counter-terrorism activities through the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force and subsidiary bodies of the Security Council continues to be highly important. On the other hand, the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999) concerning Al-Qaida and the Taliban and Associated Individuals and Entities, the Counter-Terrorism Committee and the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004) remain core tools in the global counter-terrorism campaign. I would like to reiterate Bosnia and Herzegovina’s strong support for every step that further strengthens these mechanisms and therefore the campaign in its entirety.
The promotion and protection of human rights and the rule of law should remain a priority, as they constitute the fundamental values enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Any measures undertaken by States to combat terrorism, including the prosecution and conviction of perpetrators of terrorist acts and the protection of and provision of reparations to victims, must be anchored in the rule of law and comply with State obligations under the provisions of international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.
Since the Security Council debate on terrorism in December 2008 (see S/PV.6034), we have witnessed significant improvements in respect for fundamental rights and freedoms in the international sanctions regimes. The adoption of resolution 1904 (2009) and the recent appointment of the Ombudsperson reconfirm the commitment of the international community to advancing clear and fair listing and de-listing procedures for the 1267 Committee, thus contributing to greater transparency in that Committee’s work, as well as to the credibility of the overall counterterrorism regime.
The increasing correlation among terrorism, transnational organized crime, drugs and arms smuggling, and money-laundering, as well as the frequent use of new information technologies by terrorists, requires an integrated global approach and close cooperation among relevant State institutions and elements of civil society at the national level, as well as cooperation and coordination with subregional, regional and international organizations.
While every State has the primary responsibility to formulate and implement appropriate policies and measures, the role of the United Nations in helping build Member States’ capacity to prevent and combat terrorism is of the utmost importance. Cooperation at the regional and international levels, including continuous exchange of information, intelligence and best practices, and technical assistance for countries that need it, will enable countries to fulfil their obligations and requirements under relevant international instruments and Security Council resolutions.
Finally, Bosnia and Herzegovina welcomes the draft presidential statement on terrorism before the Council today and reiterates its strong commitment to combating terrorism in all its forms at both the national and international levels.