Statement by Ambassador Baki İlkin, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN, at the UNSC Open Debate on the Joint Briefing of the 2167, 1373 and 1540 Committees

Baki İlkin 26.05.2009
Mr. President,

I would like to thank the three distinguished Chairmen of the Committees established pursuant to the Security Council Resolutions 1267, 1373 and 1540 for their informative briefings and for their continued guidance of the Committees.

There is no doubt that today terrorism and proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) continue to pose two of the most serious threats to international peace and security. Therefore, we should remain extremely vigilant and steadfast in countering these challenges.

To this end, the implementations of the three Security Council resolutions which we are discussing today are important. Indeed the adoption of each of these resolutions has constituted a concrete and tangible achievement. However, as we all know, their full implementation poses an even more challenging task. And this is why the continuous work done by these three Committees for the effective implementation of these resolutions is of critical importance.

As to the 1267 Committee, it is imperative that we continue to do everything possible to deprive Taliban and Al Qaida of financial, logistical and political support. Indeed, the threats posed by these extremist groups are not confined to any particular region but they constitute a serious danger for the entire international community.

In this regard, I agree with the Chairman of the 1267 Committee that a comprehensive review of the consolidated list is important for the credibility and effectiveness of the sanctions regime. We believe that with the successful conclusion of the review process, our endeavours will be more focused and thus will yield more concrete results.

As to the Resolution 1373, we are pleased to monitor that the Counter-Terrorism Committee has also come a long way in its own stocktaking process. It has finished the adoption of almost all Preliminary Implementation Assessments (PIAs). We appreciate the good work done by Mr. Mike Smith, Executive Director of CTED, and his dedicated team.

However, we are still far from where we could and should be in the implementation of the Resolution 1373 in its entirety. Lack of capacity, political will or a clear understanding of what needs to be done continue to undermine our efforts to put up a strong and united front against terrorism.

Therefore, we should reenergize the work in this Committee, in particular through focusing more on the identified shortcomings, including those deriving from the unfulfilled obligations by individual countries. In this regard, we feel that we must not shy away from having candid exchanges as to what is not working and what more should be done in this respect.

Likewise, we should start considering once again the possibility of preparing a consolidated list, similar to the one we have in the 1267 Committee, sanctioning other terrorist groups, individuals and entities. The lack of such a list seriously undermines the international cooperation against terrorism.

Mr. President,

Finally, I also wish to underscore the importance of the Resolution 1540 in our efforts to tackle proliferation of WMD. That is why we very much welcome the intensification of the efforts to promote the implementation of this resolution. In this endeavour, outreach is of paramount importance. Thus, maintaining dialogue with and responding to the technical and financial needs of individual States for the implementation of the resolution in a timely and effective manner are critical.

Likewise, we look forward to the comprehensive review process as called for in Resolution 1810. We hope that it will provide yet another opportunity that could enable the Committee to enhance its ability to facilitate national implementation efforts.

In conclusion, Mr. President, substantial work has been done by and within the framework of the three Committees under review today. But there is still ample room for further and decisive progress. Having said this, I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to the Chairmen of the three Committees for their commitment and endeavours in this direction.

As a member of the Security Council, Turkey will continue to lend its full support to the work in these Committees with a view to helping strengthen our abilities in countering terrorism and proliferation of WMD. The international community has learned the hard way that only through extensive and solid international cooperation can these scourges be eradicated.

Thank you.