Statement by H.E. Ertugrul Apakan, Permanent Representative of Turkey, on the Security Council Open Debate

Ertuğrul Apakan 15.11.2010
Mr. President,

Now, in my personal capacity, I would like to share with the Council and Member States some of our assessments, views and suggestions on the work of the CTC. I wish to thank the UK presidency for arranging this open debate with this particular forward looking format.

In the beginning of this year, one of the priorities of the Counter-Terrorism Committee was to streamline its working methods to allow more time for substantive and analytical work. So, starting from February, the Committee has spent less time on technical matters and documents, and held in-depth discussions on the key thematic areas and regions with a strategic approach. It was an effort to better understand the evolving nature of the threat of terrorism.

On the other hand, during the meeting held in Ankara in June 2010, which brought together the officials in the capitals of the Security Council members and key counter-terrorism figures in the UN system, the issues that merit more attention and the steps to be taken have been further explored in an informal setting. Most of these challenges that need to be addressed for better international cooperation and national coordination were highlighted in the comprehensive Presidential Statement adopted at the thematic discussion of the Security Council on 27 September 2010.

Mr. President,

I believe that the Committee has played and will play a critical role in our global fight against terrorism, based on its sound legal framework. CTC should continue to pursue its focused and strategic approach. This will require further improvements in the working methods of the Committee.

At the beginning of this year, the adoption procedure of the PIAs has been substantially amended. Now it is time to improve the format of the PIAs with more focus on the gaps and needs. This will help us better monitor the implementation and identify the needs for each Member State.

Ensuring an effective implementation is of high importance to succeed in our endeavors to combat terrorism. Since capacity building is one of the main challenges particularly for some regions to implement relevant resolutions, the Committee and CTED should continue to focus on this matter as well.

With a view to making the Committee’s work more accessible to Member States, Mr. Smith and I gave two briefings so far to the wider membership, and CTED made presentations to all Member States on 8 different topics. These briefings and presentations proved very useful for more intensive dialogue and interaction between the Committee and Member States. CTC and CTED gained a lot from the views and suggestions expressed at these meeting. Such meetings should continue, since it is also the responsibility of the Committee and CTED to update all Member States on the new developments and challenges. In this respect, I would also like to suggest to explore new possible ways to increase the interaction between CTC and Member States.

The current threat of terrorism demands a comprehensive and holistic approach. Therefore, apart from combating terrorism, it would be useful for CTC to place more emphasis on prevention of terrorism, in cooperation with CTITF and other partners. I believe the recent decision of CTC to organize the next special meeting at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on the topic of prevention of terrorism is a step on the right direction.

Another area that merit particular attention is incitement to terrorism. CTC and CTED should be encouraged to continue their efforts to work with Member States, in particular on a regional or sub-regional approach, with a view to addressing different and particular aspects of incitement to terrorism.

Let me also emphasize that all counter-terrorism measures should respect rule of law and human rights. This is important for an effective international cooperation on counter-terrorism.

As I mentioned earlier, CTED has organized regional workshops in different parts of the world. I briefly touched upon only the most recent ones. These workshops, which brought together the relevant officials in the regions, provided the Committee with more insights about the regional achievements and challenges, and contributed to better coordination and cooperation among regional countries. Now, the Committee plans to organize a seminar with prosecutors in two weeks. All these activities indicate that there is a need for CTED to employ new tools so that it can use extra-budgetary funding within the established practices of the UN.

Mr. President,

Before I conclude, let me underline once again the fact that we are all exposed to the global threat of terrorism. Therefore, we are all duty bound to act in solidarity and with a resilient, unwavering and common stance. We should not be complacent. Today’s meeting constitutes another important step to keep counter-terrorism high on the agenda of the UN. I hope that this focused and forward looking approach at the Council will continue in the future to ensure that the fight against terrorism remains a priority for the UN.

Thank you.