Friday, August 22, 2014

Debate on Agenda Item 99: Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism

Statement by Mr. Mohammad Erfani Ayoob Minister Counselor, Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations
At the Sixth Committee Debate on Agenda Item 99: Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism

Mr. Chairman,

At the outset , I would like to congratulate you and other members of the Bureau on your election and wish you a successful conclusion of our work in the Sixth Committee.

Afghanistan allies itself with   the statements made on behalf of, OIC and NAM and given the importance we attach to the Agenda Item under consideration; we would like to add some points from our national prospective and highlight our views on some aspects of this Item.

Mr. Chairman,

Terrorism as an undeniable global challenge continues to threat peace, stability and development process in my country.  The Terrorist elements including Al-Qaeda, Tainan, extremists and other criminal groups are responsible for the death of thousands of innocent civilians, burning school, health clinics and hospitals, destruction of roads, poisoning drinking waters and other unlimited criminal activities. Terrorist and extremist circles in our region are focused on destabilizing Afghanistan and trying to deprive our populations from their social – economic and basic human rights.

The Government and people of Afghanistan reject terrorism as a criminal act and strongly condemn all its practices and remain convinced that terrorism, irrespective of its motivation, objectives, forms and manifestations, committed by whoever and wherever, can never be justified.

Terrorism is a serious global threat to international peace and security and fighting this menace requires serious and sincere global and coordinated actions to combat this menace. To this end my delegation would like to call on all parties to overcome the pending issue to conclude the Draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. And create an effective instrument to fight against this global challenge.

Afghanistan gives great importance to the UN Counter-Terrorism Strategy and supports the full implementation of all its pillars. Furthermore, my delegation believes that the pillar of capacity-building is an essential element to help the countries like Afghanistan and strengthen their efforts in the fight against terrorism.

Afghanistan supports the proposal of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud to establish an international centre, under the United Nations, to combat international terrorism.

Mr. Chairman!

Afghanistan is an active partner of the International Community in the war against Terrorism. We are committed to fight terror and secure peace and stability in Afghanistan and in our region. In this context, Afghanistan has been taking concrete step in National as well as regional and International level.

On the international level, Afghanistan has joined all existing international conventions and protocols against terrorism, and strongly committed itself to the implementation of the General Assembly and Security Council resolutions relating to international terrorism.  Afghanistan is taking necessary steps to join the SAARC Regional Convention on Suppressing of Terrorism and also its Additional Protocol to this Convention. We are closely working with the 1267 committee and other bodies established pursuant to UN Security Council resolutions to strengthen the effectiveness of the United Nations sanctions regime against Al-Qaida and the Taliban Groups. Afghanistan on the Regular basis provides with updated information and proposals to the Committee of 1267 and Counter Terrorism Committee ( CTC), on new listing, delisting and freezing of banking accounts of Taliban and Al-Qaida members. Afghanistan provided its national report to the secretariat of the 1540 UN SC Committee. The Government of Afghanistan has signed bilateral agreement with some countries on anti drug and counter terrorism activities.

On the national level, Afghanistan has instituted several counter-terrorism and anti-narcotic legislative, administrative and security measures including:

  • Adoption of the Law of Combating Financing of Terrorism,
  • Adoption of the law of Combating Terrorist Criminalities,
  • Adoption of the Law against money laundry and criminally originated incomes,
  • Establishment of “Financial Transaction and report Analysis Center of Afghanistan, as a new anti money laundry units within the Central Bank of Afghanistan,
  • Ratification of the UN Convention against Corruption,
  • Establishment of National Peace Consolidation Commission of Afghanistan,
  • Establishment of Council of Scholars and Religious Leaders to advocate terrorism as anti Peace and anti Islamic action
  • Establishment of an Inter Ministerial Working Group (IMWG) within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to follow-up and coordinate the implementation of all international conventions and protocols, as well as the General Assembly and Security Council resolutions relating to international terrorism. This Inter Ministerial Working Group (IMWG) needs the legal and technical support of UN and other relevant international organizations.

Afghan national security forces including the Army and the Police, alongside the international military forces, are actively fighting terrorism to provide stability and  protect the afghan people.

Mr. Chairman,

Terrorism is a global threat and needs a global and sincere coordinated approach. Only through an effective, sincere and coordinated approach the international community’s fight against terrorism will yield effective results. To achieve this objective, all member States that are not done yet, to become parties to the existing international conventions and protocols against terrorism and fulfill their obligation with regard to the implementation of the General Assembly and Security Council resolutions relating to international terrorism in particular the 1267 sanction committee against Taliban and Al-Qaeda groups and denying any kind of supports to terrorist, destroying their sanctuaries and eliminating their institutional support.

Thank you Mr. Chairman.