Counter Terrorism Committee Commemorating the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001)
(New York, September 28 2011)
Statement by H.E. Ambassador Néstor Osorio Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations
First of all I would like to congratulate you for convening this event to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Resolution 1373 (2001). I would like to thank the Secretary General and the Executive Director of the Committee for their statements.
The Resolution was adopted in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which showed the magnitude and scope of this threat that affects the international community as a whole.
With the adoption of this Resolution an unprecedented updating and strengthening process of the international legal framework to tackle this scourge was initiated. It introduced, for the first time, binding provisions related on the funding and supporting of terrorism, the obligation to freeze funds of individuals and entities committing or facilitating terrorist acts and the prohibition to provide safe haven to terrorists.
The Resolution also urged countries to provide to the greatest extent possible cooperation to prevent, punish and eradicate acts of terrorism and bring the perpetrators and those who facilitate terrorism to justice. Thus, the Resolution constitutes a fundamental precedent to subsequent legal developments internationally and nationally.
In addition, the establishment of the Counter-Terrorism Committee provided the Council a unique mechanism for promoting the implementation of the obligations arising from this instrument. It is therefore essential to continue strengthening its institutional capacity, making its working methods more effective and revitalizing its tools aimed at facilitating assistance and cooperation with priority on the construction and strengthening of national capacities in the international fight against terrorism.
The Committee, through the Executive Directorate (CTED), must intensify coordination of its activities with other UN agencies with the expertise and mandate to assist States in capacity building for the application of the various international instruments related to the fight against terrorism, including the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy of the United Nations and the relevant Security Council resolutions.
It is especially important to maintain close coordination with the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), established to ensure coordination and coherence of the United Nations System activities to address this global scourge within the framework of the principles and purposes of the Charter.
Resolution 1373 also expressed concern the close connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime, and in this regard it stressed the need to promote coordination of initiatives and strategies at regional and multilateral level. We believe it is time to develop comprehensive measures that incorporate elements of the instruments related to transnational organized crime in order to prevent terrorist networks have access to financial and logistical resources that facilitate their operations.
We must reach consensus on how these links must be addressed and for this purpose we must continue implementing initiatives of multilateral and regional cooperation to prevent, combat and eliminate terrorism and criminal activities supporting it. To this end, Colombia actively participates in new and very mechanisms of regional and multilateral cooperation, giving priority to the United Nations as the primary multilateral forum to negotiate and build consensus on international instruments and measures to fight terrorism.
There is a gap on the Resolution with regards the need to defend the rights of victims as an essential aspect of the fight against terrorism. In this regard, we stress the emphasis given to the respect of human rights as a central element of the international efforts against terrorism in resolutions 1624 (2005) and 1963 (2010). We must ensure that victims are heard and that States have appropriate mechanisms to redress the harm, therefore concrete measures aimed promoting the protection and the promotion of the rights of victims and their recognition should be promoted.
My country who has been a victim of terrorism condemns it in all its forms and manifestations, and reaffirms that there are neither causes nor circumstances to justify it. The tragic events that we continue to witness in a daily basis are evidence of the seriousness of the problem and that no country is free from terrorism which can only be defeated through joint and unwavering participation of the international community through cooperation and compliance with the obligations of international law.
Thank you very much.