I am speaking on behalf of the EU and its Member States.
The Acceding Country Croatia*, the Candidate Countries Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Iceland+ and Serbia, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Armenia and Georgia, align themselves with this declaration.
Thank you very much for organising this useful briefing. We appreciate the efforts of the Chairs of the respective Committees and thank them for providing us with information on their activities and undertakings.
Let me also underscore the essential role of the resolutions 1267/1989, 1373 and 1540 in the global counter terrorism efforts.
With regard to Counter-Terrorism related sanctions we welcome the further procedural improvements introduced to the Al Qaeda sanctions regime in June last year. The Office of the Ombudsperson has made an important contribution to ensuring fair and clear procedures for individuals who seek delisting. In line with resolution 1989, we encourage designated individuals who are considering, or in the process of, challenging their listings through national and regional courts to submit a petition for delisting to the Office of the Ombudsperson. We underline the importance that all relevant information is shared with the Office of the Ombudsperson, and particularly welcome arrangements on the provision of confidential information.
Countering and preventing terrorism can only be successful in the long run when core universal values and the Rule of Law are respected, and international law, including human rights law, international humanitarian law, and refugee law are fully complied with.
The promotion and protection of human rights is essential for all components of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. In this context, an international conference was organised on 12 March by Denmark, which holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union. The aim of this conference was to help identifying ways how to better bring counter-terrorism measures and capacity-building efforts in line with human rights and the rule of law. This task is of utmost importance in order to succeed in our long-term efforts to counter and prevent the scourge of terrorism.
We also look forward to the upcoming Review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.
We commend the recent activities of the Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) and look forward to CTED’s future work, in particular the upcoming workshops for Sahel and Maghreb countries.
We welcome the work of the Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), including, among others, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with its Terrorism Prevention Branch (TBP) as well as the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). We also look forward to the development of the UN Centre for Counter-Terrorism (UNCCT).
In addition, we welcome all efforts aimed at enhancing the visibility of the United Nations counter-terrorism activities as well as ensuring greater cooperation, coordination and coherence among United Nations entities including, when appropriate, the contribution of relevant UN political offices and missions in the field. In this context, we welcome the recommendation by the Secretary-General, for Member States to consider, to appoint a United Nations Counter-Terrorism Coordinator as a step to further on further improving cross-institutional coherence of the United Nations counter-terrorism efforts.
Finally, Mr. President, let me turn to the 1540 regime.
As recognised during the recent Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, the full and effective implementation of 1540 will strengthen global efforts to prevent the acquisition and use by terrorists of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and materials.
We strongly support robust and effective implementation of 1540. To this end, the EU is currently finalising a new Council Decision focussed on state assistance. We have also launched an extensive technical assistance programme on export control focussed in the first instance on neighbouring countries and which will be gradually expanded to South East Asia and the Mediterranean. In this context, the EU also co-sponsored a “Conference of International, Regional and Sub-regional Industry Associations on UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004)” in Wiesbaden (Germany) from 23-25 April 2012.
The timing of this joint briefing coincides with the regular EU-UN political dialogue on counter-terrorism. And I would like to conclude by underlining the importance that we attach to this close collaboration with the United Nations.
I thank you.
* Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.
† Iceland continues to be a member of the EFTA and of the European Economic Area.