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10/09/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/09/2019 11:18

Sixth Committee (Legal)

Note: Following is a partial summary of statements made to today's meetings of the Sixth Committee (Legal). A complete summary will be available later today as Press Release GA/L/3594.

Statements

The representative of Mauritius, associating himself with the African Group and the Non-Aligned Movement, expressed support for the common strategic and operational framework of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. His country is committed to battling terrorism while upholding the human rights of every individual as enshrined in its Constitution. He also highlighted the importance of the intelligence community in anticipating, pre-empting and responding to the menace. Inter-agency coordination and cooperation within that community is therefore crucial, he said, outlining the concrete measures taken by Mauritius to participate in the exchange of information and foster bilateral collaboration. The staff of the country's counter-terrorism unit undergo regular training provided by foreign experts, he noted, also stressing that more attention must be given to the reasons that attract individuals to violent extremist groups that propagate twisted ideologies.

The representative of Turkey said that, because of the conflict in Syria, her country is a frontline country and has developed vast experience and expertise in tackling the issue of terrorists travelling to and from the conflict zones. Results from Turkey's relentless efforts to render its cities and societies safer and stronger are evident. Expressing support for further development of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, she said she believes that the United Nations is the eminent international body to design a universal counter-terrorism framework. It has the capacity to interlink various aspects when implementing this universal framework through different United Nations organs and agencies. She also underlined the importance of the global implementation of Security Council resolutions, which oblige Member States to take action against terrorist groups and groups that finance and support them. Turkey is a major donor country to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), she added.

The representative of Pakistan, aligning herself with the Non-Aligned Movement and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), pointed out that international terrorism is morphing into increasingly brutal and lethal forms as it exploits political and sectarian fault lines. The world must do more to address terrorism's root causes and to counter the unjust defamation of certain religions and communities that fosters misconceptions between the Muslim world and the West. Further, the Financial Action Task Force should not be used to accomplish political objectives. Stating that the capacity-building structure of the United Nations is a dollar-driven process that is not catering to the needs of Member States, she underscored the need to develop a steady financing mechanism for the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre. Without a holistic approach, the world is only fighting the symptoms of this deadly phenomenon.

The representative of Mexico, reaffirming that terrorism is unacceptable to the principles of international law, pointed out that the ideologies that fuel racial supremacy and violence are spreading easily, thanks to the misuse of Internet and social media. The recent attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, and El Paso, Texas, are tragic proof that terrorism spares no country. Condemning hate speech against minorities and ethnic groups, he voiced concern about the easy access that followers of such extremism have to powerful firearms. The victims of terrorism must have prompt access to justice as well as psychological support services, he said, underscoring the importance of building terrorism-resilient communities. Mexico has endorsed the 'Christchurch Call to Action' initiative, he said, adding that stronger language concerning support for victims of terrorism should be included in this year's resolution on the issue.

The representative of Cuba, associating himself with the Non‑Aligned Movement, said a comprehensive convention must establish an exact, clear and precise definition of international terrorism that covers all its aspects, including State terrorism. He called for the convening of an international conference under the auspices of the United Nations that would produce an organized response to the threat in all its forms and manifestations. The international community cannot accept that certain States, under the banner of a supposed fight against terrorism, carry out acts of aggression and flagrant violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. Condemning the United States Government's rhetoric of anger and hatred, he said Cuba joins the United Nations in calling for positive measures to eradicate discrimination in that country. He went on to recall the case of Luis Posada Carriles, saying that 43 years after the mid-air explosion of a Cuban airliner off Barbados, Cubans remain outraged that justice has not been done for the 73 victims of that horrific crime.

The representative of the United Arab Emirates, associating himself with OIC, said that maritime security is threatened when commercial vessels are subjected to subversive acts. Further, the global economy is undermined by attacks like that on the Saudi Aramco facilities. The international community must act to protect navigation and the global energy supply. The United Arab Emirates continues to implement the four pillars of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and promotes tolerance and youth empowerment domestically. His Government also shares information and best-practices to address the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters and to dry up sources of terrorist funding. It is strengthening domestic efforts to hold terrorists - particularly Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) - accountable and to provide support to victims of terrorism. He called on all States to commit to uphold international law and the Charter of the United States and to hold violating States - especially those supporting or funding terrorist groups - accountable.