On behalf of the European Union and the Acceding Countries to the European Union, I have the honour to take the floor on draft resolution L.54.
The EU reaffirms its unequivocal condemnation of al acts, methods and practices of terrorism as criminal and unjustifiable, wherever and by whoever committed, and whatever the considerations that may be invoked to justify them.
The fight against terrorism has been and continues to be a priority of the EU. Acts of terrorism can also constitute acts of aggression threatening international peace and security, as confirmed by the SC.
The EU strongly believes that efforts to combat terrorist acts must at all times be carried out with full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and that the fight against terrorism has to be carried out in accordance with international human rights law.
But the EU cannot subscribe to the assertion that terrorist acts as such constitute human rights violations. The EU holds the view that acts of terrorism, which are well defined criminal acts, seriously affect the enjoyment of human rights. However a distinction must be made between individual criminal acts and acts which are attributable to states. States are legally responsible for protecting human rights under international law.
In the light of the aforementioned reasons the EU decided not to support this draft resolution.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.