Open Debate on "Threats to International Peace and 
Security Caused by Terrorist Acts"
Statement by Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg, 
Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN
Security Council, New York, 19 July 2004

Mr. President,

I would like to thank the Chairman of the CTC, Ambassador Alexander V. Konuzin, for his comprehensive presentation about the work of the Committee, as foreseen in the Resolution 1535 (2004). As a member of the Bureau, I wish to associate myself with his words. This will help me to shorten my comments this morning.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the Executive Director of the newly established Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), Ambassador Javier Ruperez (Spain). 

Mr. President,

CTC and CTEDís most relevant challenges are to persuade countries that it is in their own interest to take advantage of the various sources of cooperation made available to them. 
It is our view that up to now the potential of cooperation of CTC is still under-used. 

It is not our objective here to exhaust the reasons why the results have been so, but one issue we would like to draw attention to is the lack of a stronger feedback mechanism, thus making sure that the cooperation provided by third parties to the countries through CTC is fully satisfactory.

We also wish to stress that CTC and CTED are structures designed mainly to shelter states willing to cooperate but that are, by various reasons, unable to do so. Being so, we would like to reiterate that CTC (and by extension, CTED) is not a sanctions committee, nor a court of justice, nor even a police precinct. The work of the Committee is to be carried out within the limits foreseen in Resolutions 1373 (2001) and 1535 (2004).

A sense of ownership about what is being done by the Committee should be strengthened among other UN members. In that regard, the establishment of direct contact with Member 
States in the fulfillment of the work of the Committee is a most useful working method. We welcome specially all efforts to bring about transparency to the works of CTC. When it comes to cooperation, creative solutions are always in order. 

To conclude, I wish to note that repudiation to terrorist acts is one of the guiding principles of Brazilian foreign policy. We are of the view that the fight against terrorism is to be conducted within the requirements of due process, human rights and civil liberties. 

Thank you.