Counter-Terrorism Law and Practice: An International Handbook

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Unformatted text preview: INTER-AMERICAN COMMITTEE AGAINST TERRORISM (CICTE) TENTH REGULAR SESSION OEA/Ser.L/X.2.10 March 17-19, 2010 CICTE/INF.11/10 Washington, D. C. 5 April 2010 Original: English REMARKS BY THE CHAIR OF THE UNITED NATIONS COUNTER-TERRORISM IMPLEMENTATION TASK FORCE, MR. JEAN-PAUL LABORDE (Delivered at the Closing Session, held on March 19, 2010) REMARKS BY THE CHAIR OF THE UNITED NATIONS COUNTER-TERRORISM IMPLEMENTATION TASK FORCE, MR. JEAN-PAUL LABORDE (Delivered at the Closing Session, held on March 19, 2010) Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Allow me to begin by thanking the OAS Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE) for inviting me to its Tenth Regular Period of Sessions. I would also like to thank Member States who are represented here – not only are you strong supporters of the Organization of American States but also of the United Nations and our collective counter-terrorism efforts and we certainly appreciate that. The topics you have addressed over the past three days – Public- Private-Cooperation in the Protection of Critical Infrastructure, the Security of Major Events, and Maritime Security – are relevant and important ones. Nobody present in this gathering needs to be reminded of the threat posed by terrorism to our lives, to economic prosperity or to global stability. Many OAS Member States have had to deal with terrorism repeatedly and in its most horrendous form. Not only the unprecedented and heinous attacks of 11 September 2001 against the United States, but also attacks that have shaken countries across the hemisphere: from Colombia to Peru and from Mexico to Argentina. The attacks suffered by OAS Member countries show that terrorists are willing to inflict as great damage to your societies as the means at their disposal allow them to. The UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy The responsibility, therefore, rests with us to respond to the terrorists. Our response should be global, collective, holistic, preventative and rooted in our universal respect for human rights and the rule of law. And we know that such a response is exactly what the United Nations General Assembly has provided through the adoption of the Global Counter- Terrorism Strategy in 2006. Before I speak about the topics which have been considered by the Committee in this distinguished forum, I would like to briefly inform you about the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, since an understanding of the Strategy would help us all understand the importance of engaging both the private sector and civil society organizations in the long-term struggle against terrorism. As you may be aware, the Strategy consists of four interconnected pillars or measures to be taken by States in cooperation with each other and non-State actors against terrorism....
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