FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thank you, Mr. President.
We would like to thank Ambassadors Mayr-Harding, Lacroix and Urbina for their briefings, their joint statement of cooperation, and their and Amb Jurica’s dedicated leadership. The committees they chair are doing vital work to curb terrorism and the proliferation of WMDs. Today is an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of these committees, and to encourage all member states to cooperate fully with their efforts.
Global terrorism and the threat of non-state actors obtaining WMDs are two of the greatest challenges of our time. None of us is immune to this modern-day plague.
That is why the international community joined together to create interlocking, complementary tools to respond to terrorism and the spread of WMDs, which include not only the Security Council’s 1267, 1373 and 1540 Committees and its Counter-terrorism Executive Directorate, but also the General Assembly’s Global Counterterrorism Strategy and the Counter-terrorism Implementation Task Force. These bodies demonstrate our seriousness of purpose.
The Council’s adoption of Resolution 1822 to renew the 1267 regime and implement a number of groundbreaking requirements has helped the Committee conduct its business in a fair and transparent manner. When combined with the existing procedures, these new safeguards -- such as publishing information justifying the listing of terrorist entities and conducting a mandatory review of all the names on the 1267 list -- represent a new standard for equitable, clear procedures. We encourage all those who are interested in the future of this regime to pay attention to the sweeping nature of these reforms.
The Committee now faces a mountain of work to fully implement resolution 1822. As a state that has designated or co-designated more names than any other Committee member, the United States is committed to facilitating this work and helping the Committee meet the ambitious timelines set forth in resolution 1822. Full implementation of this resolution is crucial to ensuring the regime continues to enjoy widespread legitimacy and support.
To guarantee the credibility of the Consolidated List, we also encourage the Committee to remove outdated or poorly-justified listings. The list must be able to withstand rigorous scrutiny. As nations work on the requirements of 1822, and on their own national processes for imposing Security Council sanctions, we must remember that while the decision to impose sanctions is taken very seriously by all member states, it is not a judicial process.
Resolution 1822, however, was only the latest step in almost a decade-long evolution of the regime. In addition to developing this new web of procedural protections, the regime has also sought to adapt to the changing nature of the threat posed by al-Qaeda and the Taliban. The Committee must continue to respond nimbly and effectively to new challenges. The United States hopes that this tool remains the international community's preeminent mechanism for targeting those responsible for some of the most heinous violence of our age. We stand ready to help the Committee fulfill this important function, and to help Member States implement their obligations under the regime.
Mr. President, the Counter-Terrorism Committee and the Counter-terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) has done excellent work in facilitating states’ implementation of resolution 1373, and we also commend Mr. Smith for his leadership. The United States strongly supports CTED’s focused national visits to address specific technical needs. The revised organizational plan has given CTED a more flexible and effective approach to assessment missions. We also see regional visits as a good way to assess several countries simultaneously, as well as a wise economization of travel funds.
In addition to these assessment missions, since November 2008 CTED has assisted the Committee in conducting a first review, or stocktaking, of the Preliminary Implementation Assessments (PIA) of more than 60 countries, most of which had not regularly reported to the Committee in the past. The United States fully supports any initiatives CTED can take to enhance the capacity of the South Asian region to implement resolution 1373.
We welcome the establishment of four working groups to support the 1540 Committee’s eighth program of work. These working groups will enhance the focus and transparency of Committee members’ efforts in achieving a common goal. The United States is looking forward to our new role as the coordinator of the transparency and media outreach working group which will have its first meeting tomorrow.
The United States places great importance on the implementation of UNSCR 1540. We are now seeking broad geographic expansion of the G-8 Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction to address WMD threats worldwide, which will provide foreign assistance in support of the aims of UNSCR 1540.
We have promoted regional initiatives across the globe as a means of helping build other States’ capacity to implement the Resolution -- as called for in the renewal mandate for the Committee in UNSCRs 1673 and 1810 – and partnered with a broad range of regional organizations.
Moving ahead, the United States looks forward to consulting with our partners and allies to capitalize on the benefits of full implementation of UNSCR 1540. Effective non-proliferation is not the work of just one Committee, nor is it the responsibility of just a few states. The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction threatens all of us. We call on all member states -- large and small -- to share the burden and reap the rewards of implementing comprehensive non-proliferation mechanisms.
Mr. President, these three Committees constitute a vital Security Council contribution to the UN Counter-Terrorism Strategy. We are committed to continue working with them and other CT bodies to confront and stop all those involved in terrorist activity.
Thank you Mr. President.
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