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     17.04.2002

Statement by Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Sergei Lavrov at a UN Security Council Meeting on the Implementation of UN SC Resolution 1373, April 15, 2002

     We note with satisfaction that the Counter-Terrorism Committee continues to work energetically on the implementation of resolution 1373.

     Much of the credit for this goes to the CTC chairman, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock, to all the Committee members, the experts and the Secretariat.

     It is important that the CTC does not limit itself in its activities to the analysis of the reports which it has been receiving from States on the measures taken by them to combat terrorism. In its field vision there constantly remain the questions of rendering necessary consultative and technical assistance to States for the purpose of their effective fulfillment of their obligations under resolution 1373. Of great importance also is the active work of the CTC on fostering close cooperation with other international structures concerned with the problems of antiterrorism. I think that a new impetus will be given to the Committee's activities on this front with the appointment of an additional expert for these issues. We also support the proposal that in the hiring of new CTC experts proper attention should be paid to ensuring the representation of all regions.

     We agree that the strengthening of cooperation by the CTC with regional organizations is assuming particular significance at the present stage. On behalf of Russia as the chairman of the Commonwealth of Independent States I can inform you that the CIS attaches paramount importance to the questions of combating terrorism. A legal base has been created - the Treaty on Cooperation among the Member States to Combat Terrorism. In Moscow there functions the CIS Antiterrorist Center, in the work of which the majority of law enforcement agencies and special services of the Commonwealth states take part. In July 2001 a branch of the CIS ATC was opened in Bishkek, which will monitor the situation in Central Asia and coordinate actions by the appropriate bodies of the Commonwealth in fighting international terrorism in the region. Supporting the Work Program of the CTC for the next 90 days, we consider it important already now to prepare for the next stage in the activities of the Committee, at which the replies of States to the additional CTC questions are to be considered. It is necessary to outline ways and methods in advance, by which the CTC should guide itself in making recommendations for the removal of weak points in the legislation and practical mechanisms of the States in countering terrorism. In the Council there is a firm common understanding that the Counter-Terrorism Committee should not and will not function as a "repressive" body or go beyond its mandate. At the same time it should not be forgotten that resolution 1373 was adopted in response to one of the most dangerous challenges of our time, qualified by the Council as a threat to international peace and security. Therefore the Security Council itself bears the main responsibility for the suppression of this threat in strict accordance with the UN Charter, including the implementation of resolution 1373.

     The positive dynamics in the work of the Counter-Terrorism Committee over the past six months have laid a real basis for the effective performance by it of its key functions of thoroughly monitoring compliance by all States with the decisions of the Security Council and the United Nations as a whole in the field of combating terrorism. Russia intends to continue to participate actively in these activities.



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