Statement by H.E. Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN, at the Security Council Open Debate on the Joint Briefing of the 1267, 1373, 1540 Committees

Ertuğrul Apakan 13.11.2009
Mr. President,

Let me begin by thanking the three distinguished Chairmen of the Committees established pursuant to the Security Council Resolutions 1267, 1373 and 1540 for their comprehensive and informative briefings. We highly appreciate the valuable work undertaken by these Committees.

Today, terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) continue to pose serious threats to international peace and security. No country is immune from these cross-border threats. In other words, there is no room for complacency. We should thus act in an even more steadfast manner and strive to increase the effectiveness of our endeavors.

As Ambassador Mayr-Harting said, the 1267 sanctions regime has, in the last decade, proven to be an effective tool in countering Al-Qaida and Taliban terrorists and other individuals and entities affiliated with these groups. We believe that it has been instrumental in preventing many possible terrorist attacks by sanctioning more than 500 names in its consolidated list.

At this stage, we need to concentrate our efforts on further strengthening the sanctions regime. In this regard, the rulings of national and regional courts concerning some of the names in the list prove to be a priority area that requires further and careful attention. The follow-up resolution to the Security Council Resolution 1822, which is to be adopted until the end of this year, will provide a good opportunity to take the necessary steps in this respect.

In this context, Turkey will pursue a constructive and flexible approach so that the principles of due process and fair procedures are taken into consideration as called for by some court decisions, without prejudging the final decisions of the 1267 Committee.

We are also looking forward to concluding the review process of the consolidated list until June 2010. With the active contribution of the Monitoring Team, the Committee has already reviewed significant number of the names. We hope that with the finalization of the review process, the consolidated list will better reflect the current threats and thus become a more credible instrument in coping with the challenges that the Chairman has indicated in this context.

Mr. President,

As regards the Counter-Terrorism Committee, we are pleased that under the Chairmanship of Ambassador Vilovic, it has been doing a remarkable job in terms of monitoring the implementation of the Resolutions 1373 and 1624. I also would like to recognize Mr. Mike Smith, Executive Director of CTED, and his professional and hardworking team for their support and contributions to the work of the Committee.

That said, there are still deficiencies in the implementation of the Resolutions 1373 and 1624, deriving from the lack of either political will or capacity. In our view, one of the main challenges of the Committee is to make sure that Member States fully understand their obligations listed in those resolutions and take the necessary measures to implement them. In this regard, the dialogue between the Committee and the Member States should be intensified so as to make it possible for the Committee to fulfill its monitoring and assistance tasks more effectively.

On our part, Turkey will actively strive to achieve further progress in this direction. In this respect we will follow the good example set forth by the Chairman.

Our focus will be on the practical measures for either expanding the scope of some of the already existing arrangements or filling in the gaps identified in implementation.

Since its adoption in 2004, the Resolution 1540 has emerged as an important component of the global non-proliferation and counter-terrorism regimes. We are pleased that the level of implementation of the resolution has improved remarkably under the able Chairmanship of the 1540 Committee by Ambassador Urbina and thanks to the diligent work carried out by the Group of Experts.

That said, Turkey continues to support the comprehensive review of the implementation of Resolution 1540. Comprehensive review, in our opinion, is a continuous process. Our efforts should therefore continue unabated.

We believe that the country visits and outreach events, such as conferences, seminars and workshops, organized at the regional and sub-regional levels are also highly beneficial. Thus, we support the continuation of such activities within the framework of all three Committees.

Mr. President,

Before concluding, let me emphasize again that countering terrorism and WMD proliferation in an effective way can only be achieved through a seamless cooperation among all Member States in an integrated approach.

I would like to reiterate the determination of my country to continue to actively take part in the work of all the three Committees and lend every support.

Thank you.