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Sixth Committee - Agenda item 109 Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism

Statement on behalf of CANZ by Ms Alice Revell Second Secretary/ Legal Adviser, 3 October 2011

Mr Chairman,

I have the honour to speak today on behalf of Canada and Australia, as well as New Zealand.

On September 11 this year, the United Nations marked the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States and on this very city. Sadly, in the decade since that tragic day many other innocent civilians around the world have also been the victims of terrorism.  Terrorism remains a challenge for all countries and terrorist groups by their nature are determined to create fear and cause unparalleled harm and suffering. No cause or grievance justifies terrorist acts.

Mr Chairman,

The international community is better equipped to deal with terrorism now than we were ten years ago.  Collective action has made it harder for terrorists to plan, finance and execute attacks.  However, we still have work to do to close the remaining gaps in this framework. CANZ reiterates our strong commitment to do all that we can to address the threat of terrorism.

We attach great value to counter-terrorism conventions and protocols of universal application and urge all States to become party to and implement these conventions, to demonstrate international unity in condemning terrorism. Only once all States have become party to these conventions and protocols, including the most recent of these, the 2010 Beijing Convention and Protocol, will terrorists be denied safe haven.

CANZ will continue to work for the conclusion of a comprehensive convention on terrorism, and welcomes the efforts of the Sixth Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee in this regard.

Mr Chairman,

This year the Security Council adopted Resolutions 1988 and 1989, splitting the Al Qaida and Taliban sanctions regimes. CANZ welcomes the improvements these resolutions make to the transparency and effectiveness of the Security Council terrorist sanctions listing and delisting processes.  In particular, we welcome greater involvement by designating states in delisting decisions, clearer timeframes, and the strengthened role of the 1267 Ombudsperson. In this regard, CANZ supports efforts to encourage greater sharing of information relevant to the delisting process between States and the 1267 Ombudsperson.  It is vital that the Security Council sanctions regime is independent and impartial and makes decision based on the rule of law.

Mr Chairman,

CANZ supports the unique role of the United Nations in condemning and confronting terrorism in all its forms. We welcome the Secretary-General’s recent Symposium on International Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and commend the United Nations on its efforts to provide leadership and coordination among member states and to encourage member states to work with the United Nations as they continue efforts to counter terrorism.

We welcome the renewed mandate of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) as well as the full institutionalisation of the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force. CANZ commends the good work carried out by CTED and other UN entities, including the UNODC, and their role in ensuring implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, unanimously adopted by the General Assembly in September 2006. We encourage UN entities to continue their engagement with Member States on implementation issues.

CANZ supports the focus of General Assembly Resolution 64/297 on the implementation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. It is through implementation, rather than modification, that the strategy will fulfil its role as a “living document” for Member States.

CANZ attaches great value to the recent creation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF) and to its role as a close partner of the United Nations in promoting the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

Mr Chairman,

As Asia-Pacific countries, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are engaged in regional counter-terrorism cooperation and capacity building, working with states that have the will but lack the capacity to resist terrorism.

We continue to encourage the United Nations to find ways to streamline reporting obligations on implementation for small states. Simplification of the system will encourage more regular feedback. This would in turn assist the UN and other organisations to target assistance where it is most needed.

Mr Chairman,

CANZ recognises the importance of preventing the financing of terrorism in order to suppress terrorist acts. We encourage the strengthening of legislative, regulatory and other measures to prevent and combat terrorist financing. In this respect we continue to work actively as members of the Financial Action Taskforce (FATF) and the FATF regional bodies, and through supporting the work of United Nations agencies, including the CTED and UNODC.

Mr Chairman,

CANZ will continue to work at the national, regional and global levels to develop and enforce robust and effective counter-terrorism measures, consistent with international law, and to create an international environment that is hostile to terrorism.  Only through resolute global action can we achieve our shared goal of eliminating international terrorism.

Thank you Mr Chairman.

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