Thank you, Mr. President. Let me also thank the Chairmen for their briefings. Their dedicated leadership is central to the effectiveness of the Council’s three counterterrorism-related committees. I would especially like to thank the Chairmen for their recommendations, which merit serious consideration.
Mr. President, the importance of this work and the broader international effort to combat terrorism was underscored by the recent foiled plot involving explosives-laden parcels flown out of Yemen, which were tracked down in the United Kingdom and Dubai. This event—and other attempts earlier this year—are harsh reminders of the global nature of the terrorist threat.
The United States remains committed to reaching out and forging international coalitions based on mutual interests and mutual respect to combat terrorism and prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction to terrorists. Working with our partners to strengthen the UN’s ability to help address these threats continues to be a key priority for my government. To achieve this goal, we must continue to maximize the effectiveness, transparency and relevance of this Council’s counterterrorism-related subsidiary bodies.
Mr. President, let me thank Ambassador Apakan for an exceptional job guiding the CTC during his tenure as Chair. Ambassador Apakan fostered greater efficiency in the CTC’s work and worked with Counter-Terrorism Executive Director Mike Smith to keep the general membership up to date on the Committee’s activities through open meetings on such topics as international legal cooperation and maritime security.
As the Council begins to look at the renewal of CTED’s mandate, which the United States strongly supports, CTED should intensify its regional and thematic approach to its work. It should also continue to develop regional capacity and network-building initiatives in the Horn of Africa, South Asia and the Sahel.
Finally, consistent with the emphasis that this Council placed on prevention issues in its September Presidential Statement on terrorism, CTED should devote more attention to the dialogue with countries on issues in Resolution 1624 that relate to “softer” approaches to counterterrorism. The CTC and CTED have made great strides in 2010, and we look forward to working with our partners to ensure that their efforts remain practical, focused and innovative.
Mr. President, over the last 11 years, the 1267 al-Qaida/Taliban sanctions regime has been one of the UN’s most effective counterterrorism tools—and a symbol of international consensus against the ongoing threats posed by al-Qaida and the Taliban. The United States will continue to work through the Committee to recommend the addition and removal of names from the sanctions list to ensure that the list keeps pace with the changing threat. We must now focus on ensuring that countries are implementing the financial, arms, and travel sanctions against those on the list.
The United States welcomes the significant enhancements to the regime’s listing and delisting processes outlined in Resolutions 1735, 1822, and 1904. We remain confident that the establishment of an independent Ombudsperson for the regime will help ensure that the delisting procedures are fair and transparent. We welcome Kimberly Prost's appointment as the Committee’s first Ombudsperson, and we look forward to working with her.
Let me thank Ambassador Mayr-Harting and his team, as well as the Secretariat, for their tremendous efforts. They have worked steadfastly to implement these reforms, and we are truly grateful for their work. I also thank the 1267 Monitoring Team for its important role in preparing narrative summaries of reasons for listing each entry and proposing recommendations for improving the Committee’s work.
Finally, let me join my colleagues in thanking Ambassador Heller for leading the 1540 Committee this past year. The United States views the Committee’s activities over the last six years as a landmark effort to gain strong political support for the broad obligations created by this resolution, whose success is noted in Resolution 1887 adopted during the 2009 Security Council Summit, the 2009 Comprehensive Review of Resolution 1540, and the work plan for this year’s Nuclear Security Summit. Resolution 1540 is not only a crucial instrument in the international counterterrorism regime; it is also a vital piece of the international nonproliferation landscape.
The United States is pleased with the efforts of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and its recent workshops in Croatia and Vietnam, which we co-sponsored. We are preparing to provide a financial contribution to the 1540 Committee through existing UNODA funding mechanisms. We hope that this will help facilitate and motivate cooperation among other assistance providers.
The United States supports a lengthy continuation of the 1540 Committee—perhaps an indefinite one—to allow for long-term strategic implementation and resourcing. Such a mandate would include a periodic review of the Committee’s mandate and work methods, as well as a sunset provision requiring the Committee to cease operations when the Security Council determines that it has met all of its objectives.
Mr. President, we are pleased with the direction steered by these three committees. Under the capable leadership of the three current chairs, UN counterterrorism efforts will guide and reinforce member states’ actions to deter terrorism, including the threats posed by al-Qaida, its affiliated groups, and the Taliban, as well as proliferation efforts by non-state actors.
Thank you, Mr. President.
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