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I am speaking on behalf of the EU and its Member States.
The Acceding Country Croatia1, the Candidate Countries the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Iceland2 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 timely and useful briefing.
At the outset, I shall also thank the Committees’ Chairs for their comprehensive updates and summary of actions and initiatives taken within the last six months.
We remain convinced that the work of all three committees is of pivotal importance to countering and preventing the evolving threat of terrorism. We also remain committed to their full implementation.
We are of the view that protecting human rights and ensuring respect for the rule of law are of critical importance in achieving the ultimate goal of countering and preventing terrorism. We therefore welcome the fact that the Security Council has taken significant steps to further reinforce fair and clear procedures in the Al Qaeda sanctions regime, particularly through the enhanced mandate of the Ombudsperson introduced by Security Council resolution 1989 (2011). We commend and highly value the Ombudsperson’s work. The Office of the Ombudsperson provides listed individuals and entities seeking removal from the Consolidated list the guarantee that they can put their case for delisting before the UN authorities through an administrative review process which includes an independent and impartial body.
We look forward to the forthcoming renewal of the mandate of the Ombudsperson in December. We support the further enhancement of the Ombudsperson’s Office and underline the importance to fully equip it with all the resources necessary. We note that the Ombudsperson in her fourth report to the Security Council in July 2012 has emphasized that cooperation by Member States remains very strong. We call upon all Member States to continue full cooperation with the Office of the Ombudsperson in each and every case.
The third biennial review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy puts on a solid footing all UN efforts towards countering and preventing terrorism.
We welcome the work of the 1373 Committee. With regard, in particular, to the Committee’s work on enhancing state capacity, we would like to commend the seminars organised in Kuala Lumpur and Algiers, as well as the workshop for Maghreb and Sahel states which emphasized the need to develop national and regional comprehensive strategies to counter incitement and violent extremism. We are looking forward to the special event devoted to the pertinent issue of financing of terrorism scheduled to take place on November, 20.
Mr. President, now I would like to make a few remarks on the 1540 regime.
The risk of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to non-state actors continues to pose a serious threat to international peace and security. This is a shared understanding that no single Member State can handle this threat alone and in this respect continuous cooperation, exchange of information, as well as outreach activities and assistance play an important role in building counter-WMDs terrorism capacity. The workload of the 1540 Committee is increasing significantly and we commend in this respect efforts to reinforce the Group of Experts.
The EU Member States engage actively in the promotion of the objectives of resolution 1540 and, to this end, Lithuania hosted last June a workshop for countries bordering the Baltic Sea as well as representatives from a number of international, regional and subregional organizations. In July 2012 Poland organised a Workshop on 1540 Implementation with a focus on innovative approaches to capacity building and assistance. Countries representing Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia as well as representatives of EU, OSCE, NATO, IAEA and UNODC took part in the Workshop.
I would like to conclude by stressing that while we have witnessed significant progress in the fight against terrorism, we should not lower our guard. We should continue our joint efforts as terrorist threats systematically adapt to the changing environment. Therefore unwavering commitment as well as a comprehensive and global response is continually needed.
I thank you.
1 Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.
2 Iceland continues to be a member of the EFTA and of the European Economic Area.