UNGA 61st session
Agenda item: 100
Measures to eliminate international terrorism
12 October 2006
STATEMENT BY H.E. MR. CHOISUREN BAATAR
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF MONGOLIA
TO THE UNITED NATIONS
1. First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you and your colleagues on their well-deserved election as the Chair and members of the bureau respectively. We are confident that, under your able guidance and leadership, the deliberations of this Committee would bring fruitful outcome.
2. Terrorism is a global threat and serious challenge to international peace and security. Fight against terrorism nowadays has become a duty of all nations and states. But the United Nations, by upholding the central role in setting international counterterrorism standards and coordinating the global fight against terrorism greatly enhances its standing and relevance in present-day world. In this context we consider the adoption of “The United Nations Global Counter-terrorism Strategy” and Plan of Action in last September as one of the major achievements of the previous session of the General Assembly. It is the hope of my delegation that the Sixth Committee now focus its attention on the main task – the conclusion of the negotiations on the draft Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism.
3. Our common stance that terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whoever and for what ever purposes, must be consistently, unequivocally and strongly condemned, in our opinion lays a solid foundation to enhance international efforts in its fight against terrorism. And the international community should step up all the efforts to fully implement the measures agreed in this Strategy. And my country believes that all the Member states have such will and determination.
Mongolia joins other States in unequivocally condemning all forms of terrorism and reiterating our strong view that terrorism cannot be justified for any reason or by any motivation. We also express our sincere solidarity with the victims of terrorism.
4. Mongolia has joined all 13 universal instruments and their protocols against terrorism. My country ratified the Convention for the suppression of acts of nuclear terrorism on July 6, 2006. Mongolia also has been actively engaged in carrying out an extensive legal reform aimed at bringing the body of national laws in line with the international norms. The reform has envisaged both the revision of existing laws, including the Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code, as well as enactment of new standards related to combating against terrorism.
5. A Law on Fighting against Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing was adopted by the Parliament of Mongolia on July 8, 2006. This Law establishes the principles that would be applicable in the fight against money laundering, and gives legal definition of money laundering and terrorism financing. It also stipulates measures to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing, including the special controls and measures in transactions. In accordance with this Law, a new financial intelligence unit is to be set up that deal with its implementation. By passing this law Mongolia showed its resolute intention to make contribution in international effort to fight against terrorism and other crimes.
6. As an advocacy of international instruments fighting against terrorism and other crimes a special edition of the official legislation bulletin, containing all conventions and protocols against terrorism joined by Mongolia, was published in native language with assistance of UNODC and widely distributed among governmental and non-governmental organizations, including law enforcement agencies. Taking this opportunity I wish to reiterate our gratitude to the UN Office on Drug and Crime for its cooperation and assistance.
7. We believe that it is also important to intensify UN efforts to provide technical assistance to strengthen international cooperation in building and enhancing national counter terrorism capacity through training in law enforcement fields. In this regard we support the suggestion of those colleagues who appealed for increased resource allocations for UNODC.
I thank you.