Reports by the Chairpersons of the subsidiary groups of the Security Council-Terrorism
(New York, October 26, 2005)
Statement by Ambassador María Angela Holguín, Permanent Representative of Colombia
Thank you for convening this open debate. We thank the presentations made by the representatives of Denmark, Argentina and Romania on the activities of the Committees.
In this regard, I would like to highlight that my Government brings to the attention of all relevant national authorities the lists distributed by the Committee as well as their updates for incorporation and controls. All of this, as stated in our report on the application of resolution 1267 (1999).
Concerning the CTC, Colombia is committed with the decisions adopted in resolution 1373 (2001) and has thus submitted four reports. We have proceeded according to the provisions contained in resolution 1540 (2004) and we welcome resolution 1624 of 14 September 2005.
As in the past, Colombia condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations regardless of its motivation and perpetrators. We believe that the States should agree on a strategy against terrorism so as to produce immediate results for those populations who suffer and are their victims of this threat.
We hope that in the Secretary General's report announced for the beginning of 2006 new proposals will be made to be considered by the General Assembly and the Security Council, aimed at strengthening the system that best supports States in their fight against terrorism.
We also hope that States will begin a concertation exercise in order to allow them to strengthen their consensus in the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. In order to succeed, cooperation to eliminate this scourge, must be unequivocal and universal.
In order for the UN to be effective in its support to States in their global fight against terrorism, it has to work close to them and improve its internal coordination by avoiding duplication of functions and tasks in the search for clarity to assure the implementation of a counter-terrorism strategy that involves all countries and organizations.
States cannot undertake the fight against terrorism in isolation. A joint, concerted action is necessary to guarantee its success. Confidence building is essential to make progress in the exchange of information and legal cooperation, both of them essential elements in every counter-terrorism strategy. More than analysis and general declarations what the system and Member States require are concrete initiatives that set up possible and achievable commitments and actions.
Countries cannot commit all energies by proving to the world that there are indeed terrorists who carry out terrorist acts in their territory. While the international community is in the preocess of being convinced and in deliberations, terrorist actions go on against the civilian population. It is therefore important to strengthen the mechanisms to build confidence among States, while understanding that counter-terrorism must be unequivocal and adjusted to international standards. We must not let ourselves be surprised by terrorist acts. Let us not lose the capacity to reject every one of such acts.
The Colombian people have suffered the effects of terrorism. What for many remains theory or news, for us is a reality. Thousands of people have been affected. In the last days, a former President of the Colombian Senate was the victim of a terrorist attack against his life in Bogotá. The State and the Government of President Álvaro Uribe are resolute in their fight against terrorism in order to protect the Colombian population from this threat.
In a democratic system, with guarantees of an open and free political participation, there is no justification to commit violent and terrorist acts. The idealism of bygone years is not an argument to keep fights based upon terrorism.
In the past, a Danish non-governmental organization provided funds to the Colombian terrorist illegal armed group, FARC. Colombia initiated a dialogue with the Danish authorities and I now would like to take advantage of this opportunity to express our gratitude publicly for the collaboration of both the Danish Government and its judicial authorities to clarify this fact and put to an end such actions.
It is time to acknowledge and apply the principle of shared responsibility in the prevention and elimination of terrorism. It is now time to take concrete measures towards the repression of criminal conducts that facilitate and fund terrorism, due to the growing participation of terrorist groups in various forms of organized crime to finance their activities, including illicit drug trafficking, money-laundering and the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.