New York, 11 May 2010
Statement by H.E. Mr. Ivan Barbalic, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations
at the UN Security Council Meeting
on Briefings by Chairmen of subsidiary bodies of the Security Council
I would like to express our appreciation for the convening of this debate. We consider it to be an excellent opportunity to provide more information about the Committees, adding to the transparency and better understanding of their work.
At the outset, I would like to thank each of the Chairmen for their detailed and informative briefings in today’s meeting. We highly respect and appreciate the tireless work, dedication and strong leadership of Ambassador Mayr-Harting, Ambassador Apakan and Ambassador Heller, which have cumulatively contributed to the effectiveness of the respective Committees.
The challenges posed to the modern world and our societies by the different forms, methods and manifestations of international terrorism necessitate a sustained and comprehensive approach to the prevention and combating of this phenomenon. In that regard, we would like to emphasize the importance of the Committees established pursuant to Security Council resolutions 1267 (1999), 1373 (2001) and 1540 (2004) as effective tools in countering terrorism in all its forms. Furthermore, and in order to enhance the significant contribution of the Committees to the strengthening of global security, we would encourage continuous improvement in cooperation and coordination among them.
The work of the 1267 Committee, under the able chairmanship of Ambassador Mayr-Harting, remains one of the most crucial instruments in fighting the threat from Al-Qaida and the Taliban. In that regard, Bosnia and Herzegovina shares the common belief that the sanctions regime was further strengthened and improved with the unanimous adoption of resolution 1904 (2009). We are convinced that it will greatly assist Member States in more effectively implementing the sanctions regime. Furthermore, we are particularly looking forward to the appointment of the ombudsperson in accordance with the relevant provisions of the resolution, as it represents a very important step towards making the Committee’s procedures more clear and transparent.
Bosnia and Herzegovina also supports the efforts of the Chairman to conclude the review process in a timely manner, in accordance with the relevant provisions of resolution 1822 (2008). We consider that the review, if conducted thoroughly with the active and valuable contribution of the Monitoring Team, will result in a more precise and accurate consolidated list, further strengthening the credibility of the Committee as a very important instrument for combating terrorist threats. With the strong commitment and enthusiasm of its Chairman, Ambassador Apakan, the Counter-Terrorism Committee continues its outstanding job, primarily in monitoring the implementation of resolutions 1373 (2001) and 1624 (2005). Promoting greater visibility and transparency in the work of the Committee, as well as streamlining some of its working methods, Ambassador Apakan has further underlined the important role of the Committee in countering terrorism.
I also wish to commend the work and engagement of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate and its valuable contribution to the overall effort of countering terrorism. The broad range of thematic and regional discussions introduced into the Committee’s programme of work helps to identify the challenges and difficulties that countries face today in their efforts to efficiently implement their obligations under the relevant Security Council resolutions.
I wish to emphasize that Bosnia and Herzegovina attaches great importance to strengthening cooperation with the Counter-Terrorism Committee, in particular with regard to the implementation of resolution 1373 (2001). Moreover, Bosnia and Herzegovina remains fully committed to the effective prevention of and fight against this global threat, and stands ready to provide every assistance and support to international efforts in that regard.
Bosnia and Herzegovina also attaches great importance to the work of the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004) as one of the fundamental instruments of United Nations counterterrorism and non-proliferation activities. We also offer our full support to the Committee’s Chairman, Ambassador Heller, in his efforts and excellent work.
The importance of the role of the 1540 Committee as one of the fundamental instruments of United Nations counter-terrorism and non-proliferation activities has already been well stressed. In its brief history, the Committee has proved that its work is crucial to addressing the issue of terrorism and to extending the necessary expertise and support to Member States in establishing and further developing their capacity to face the threat of terrorists’ acquiring weapons of mass destruction.
Full cooperation with the Committee and a timely and comprehensive response to the requirements of resolution 1540 (2004) are critical to establishing a strong, comprehensive response to the global threat. In that context, we are pleased to see the positive effects of the adoption of the comprehensive review of the resolution’s status of implementation, emphasizing the more active engagement of States in its implementation through continuing dialogue and participation in numerous outreach events.
Finally, let me assure you once again, Madam, that Bosnia and Herzegovina shares the determination of all members of the Committee, as well as all Members of the United Nations in general, to combat terrorism in all its forms at the national and international levels, and is firmly committed to fulfilling its obligations under the relevant Security Council resolutions.