Threats to International Peace, Security Caused by Terrorist Acts: Afghan Amb. to UNSC

The permanent representative of Afghanistan to the UN Security Council Ambassador Adela Raz in an open debate talked about the threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts and the International cooperation in combating terrorism 20 years after the adoption of resolution 1373 (2001).

The office of permanent mission of Afghanistan to UNSC in a statement said that the debate took place on 12 Jan 2021.

“The 20th Anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001) and the establishment of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee provides us with an opportunity for reflection on past achievements and the many challenges ahead. We started this journey together at a very difficult time in Afghanistan’s history when the forces of terror that had threatened our country for years launched an attack on September 11, 2001. This heinous act of terror urged all of us to work together to fight for the safety and protection of people everywhere,” Amb. Adela Raz said.

“Despite our best efforts, these last 20 years have also shown us how complex and ever-changing terrorism can be. We have seen the emergence of new terrorist groups that consistently employ new tactics to inhumanely attack the most vulnerable populations. This new reality and the challenges posed by modern terrorism reiterate the need for the international community to adapt and to take decisive action through more cohesive, collaborative, and joint efforts, at the regional and multilateral levels, that truly embody the spirit of Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001),” she said.

Amb. Raz stated that with continution to release statements and express condemnation for these heinous actions, the minternational strategy to fight this menace has not even been able to define what terrorism is.

“It is time to take the next step and build on the progress of the last 20 years and design an outcome-oriented strategy that can help the UN and Member States better work towards ensuring the right of all people to live without fear. The upcoming review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy provides a timely opportunity to achieve this and we must rise to the urgency of the situation,” she asserted.

“we must also acknowledge the important voice of victims of terrorism as stakeholders in designing effective counter-terrorism strategies. We cannot speak about defeating terrorism without ensuring that the needs of those affected by it are addressed and that victims can return to society and live the rest of their lives without the fear of a second attack. We welcome efforts by the UN to further the cause of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism and reiterate the importance that victims occupy a central role in our counter-terrorism agenda,” she added.

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