UN Security Council calls for comprehensive strategies to fight terrorism

UN Security Council calls for comprehensive strategies to fight terrorism
# 16 January 2013 04:41 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The UN Security Council on Tuesday called for a comprehensive global strategies to fight terrorism, saying that "terrorism will not be defeated by military force or security forces, law enforcement measures, and intelligence operations alone", APA reports.

The 15-nation UN body, in a presidential statement adopted at the end of the daylong open debate on the issue of terrorism, said it "underlines the need to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism."

The council "stresses that terrorism can only be defeated by a sustained and comprehensive approach involving the active participation and collaboration of all States and international and regional organizations to impede, impair, isolate and incapacitate the terrorist threat."

"The Security Council stresses that any terrorist acts are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation," said the statement.

The proposed measures include "strengthening efforts for the successful prevention and peaceful resolution of prolonged conflicts, and also promoting the rule of law, the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, good governance, tolerance and inclusiveness."

"The Security Council stresses the importance of the continued implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in an integrated and balanced manner and in all its aspects and takes note of the third review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy by the General Assembly in 2012," the statement said.

"The Security Council reaffirms that member states must ensure that any measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, and underscores that effective counter-terrorism measures and respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law are complementary and mutually reinforcing, and are an essential part of a successful counter-terrorism effort, and notes the importance of respect for the rule of law so as to effectively prevent and combat terrorism," it said.

"The Security Council reaffirms that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality or civilization."

"The Security Council emphasizes that continuing international efforts to enhance dialogue and broaden understanding among civilizations in an effort to prevent the discriminate targeting of different religions and cultures, and addressing unresolved regional conflicts and the full range of global issues, including development issues, will contribute to strengthening the international fight against terrorism," said the statement.

"The Security Council reiterates the obligation of member states to refrain from providing any form of support, active or passive, to entities or persons involved in or associated with terrorist acts, including by suppressing recruitment of members of terrorist groups, consistent with international law, and eliminating the supply of weapons," it said.

The open debate was initiated and chaired by Pakistan, president of the Security Council for January, which suffered four blasts late last week.

Three of the bomb attacks hit Quetta, capital of Pakistan's southwest province of Balochistan bordering Afghanistan and Iran, while another went off at a preaching center in the country's northwest district of Swat.