Statement by Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, U.S. Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs at the United Nations, at a Security Council Debate on UN Cooperation with Regional and Subregional Organizations

Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis
U.S. Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
August 6, 2013


Let me address an unrelated issue to our debate raised earlier today, namely, U.S. efforts to prevent terrorism and the recent disclosure of classified information about techniques we use to do that.

All governments do things that are secret. All governments do things that are secret. It is a fact of modern governing and a necessity in light of the threats all our citizens face. Our counterterrorism policy is ultimately about saving people's lives, which is why the United States works with other countries to protect our citizens and those of other nations from many threats. All nations should be concerned about the damage these disclosures can cause to our ability to collectively defend against these threats.

The United States' commitment to advancing universal human rights dates to our founding, and continues strongly to this day under President Obama. Therefore, we welcome a fair discussion about the appropriate balance between privacy and security, and will continue to work with our partners to address the many challenges and threats we all face.

I thank you.


PRN: 2013/139