"Multiple and comprehensive" efforts needed to combat terrorism: Bosnia

08:13, May 17, 2011      

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Ivan Barbalic, permanent representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations, on Monday told the UN Security Council that the global body for peace and security should continue its efforts through committees to fight terrorism.

"Terrorism changes its face every day, taking new forms, using new methods and manifesting itself in a way that compels us to continuously reconsider and reevaluate the steps we take, tools we use, and measures we deploy," he said. "Our efforts need to be multiple and comprehensive in order to adequately respond to threats and dangers posed by terrorism."

Barbalic's statements came at a council meeting that featured briefings by the chairmen of subsidiary bodies of the council that deal with counter-terrorism and security.

"Given the important place committees have in the overall counterterrorism framework, we find that continued exchange of views through these regular briefings further contributes to the improvement of the council's efforts in countering this global and ever-present challenge," Barbalic said.

The Security Council members received a briefing from the chair of the committee to enforce Resolution 1267, Peter Wittig, who is permanent representative of Germany to the UN.

Barbalic said that the work of the 1267 committee, which is responsible for the sanctions against individuals and entities associated with al-Qaida and the Taliban remains very important.

"We have thus far witnessed considerable improvements in the procedures of the committee, but its work is a continuous dynamic force, requiring our full attention, thorough and careful consideration of each new step, all in order to further strengthen the effectiveness, transparency and credibility of this sanctions regime," Barbalic said. "However we are all aware that there are still some concerns raised and believe that they will be adequately addressed in the coming period in order to strengthen the counterterrorism framework."

Barbalic stressed the importance of the effective implementation of Resolutions 1373 and 1624, and the Counter- Terrorism Committee (CTC) that endeavors to enforce them.

"Thematic discussions and regional presentations are making the committee more focused on challenges, deficiencies and difficulties in the implementation of their respective resolutions and we are pleased to see that plans of the chair go toward continued engagement of the committee in these discussion as well as toward making greater use of their outcomes and results," he said of the CTC.

The CTC is responsible for assisting member states in preventing terrorist attacks by offering technical assistance and offering advise on best practices. Previous to Barbalic's statements, Hardeep Singh Puri, permanent representative of India to the UN and chair of the CTC, had briefed the council on its work.

Barbalic also voiced support for another subsidiary body of the Security Council, the 1540 committee, which is in charge of non- proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Baso Sangqu, permanent representative of South Africa to the UN who currently serves as chair of the 1540 committee, gave a briefing on its progress to the Council.

Barbalic called the committee "an indispensable mechanism in extending support and assistance to member states in building and further developing their capacity to face the threat of non-state actors acquiring weapons of mass destruction."

It is expensive, however, to enforce Resolution 1540, Barbalic told the Council.

"Therefore, we call upon member states that are able to provide resources to extend their voluntary financial contributions to the states that need assistance in implementation of Resolution 1540," he said. "No financial cost is too high if it helps prevent the potentially devastating consequences of terrorist attacks with weapons of mass destruction."

Source: Xinhua
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