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19 MAY 2011
At UN Security Council Debate:
ASEAN TAKES UP “TWO-PRONGED APPROACH” TO COUNTER-TERRORISM CAPACITY BUILDING; UNDERSCORES COMPREHENSIVE AND BROAD APPROACH TO COMBAT TERRORISM AND RADICALIZATION
19 May 2011 United Nations, New York The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEANS) called on the Security Council to consider a “two-pronged” approach in building the counter terrorism capacities of nations and underscored the importance of a “comprehensive” and “broad” approach to combat terrorism and radicalization that includes development, education and interreligious and inter-cultural dialogue.”
At the debate of the 1267, 1373 and 1540 Committees at the Security Council held this week, ASEAN brought to the attention of the Security Council the need to “intensify cooperation with regional and sub-regional organizations with a view to enhancing the capacity of member States to fully implement resolution 1373 and to facilitate the provision of technical assistance.”
UN Security Council Resolution 1373 is a wide-ranging anti-terrorism resolution that calls for suppressing financing and improving international cooperation and created a committee for the implementation of the provisions of the resolution.
In the statement delivered by Indonesian Ambassador Hasan Kleib, he stressed “the importance of cooperation in capacity building programs both for ASEAN as well as on a country basis, as a two-pronged approach that would benefit all ASEAN stakeholders and the larger international community.”
The two-pronged approached was pushed by the Philippines in coordinating meetings between ASEAN member nations prior to the finalization and delivery of the ASEAN statement.
Speaking after the statement was delivered, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan said that the approach was needed to ensure that “all lines of defenses against terrorism would be greatly strengthened” and that “complementary capacity building measures would contribute to a rational and effective implementation of a broad and comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy through Resolution 1373.”
“We recognize that terrorism must be addressed at national, subregional, regional and international levels. This entails cooperation and collaboration on all fronts and this is why the Philippines pushed for the inclusion of a two-pronged approach in the ASEAN statement.
In its statement, ASEAN also pointed out that to be effective, a global counter-terrorism strategy should be broad, comprehensive and based on a profound respect for and full adherence to “human rights and the dignity of the person.” In this regard, ASEAN acknowledged the “important work done within the UN System to spur and sustain development, to provide education and to encourage intercultural and interreligious dialogue as part of the broader efforts to address terrorism and to counter radicalization.”
According to Ambassador Cabactulan, this gives focus to the fact that “the fight against terrorism and radicalization are not fought with weapons alone.” Ambassador Cabactulan said, “in as much as the hard approach is important to counter terrorism, the soft approach included in a much broader strategy is also vital.”
“These include efforts to spur development, to increase access to education and to bring nations and peoples together in greater understanding and respect. In all these efforts, the Philippines has demonstrated its commitment to contribute its own part,” explained Ambassador Cabactulan.
“This is particularly vital in addressing radicalization that can lead to violent acts,” added Ambassador Cabactulan.
The Philippines has been at the forefront of international, regional and sub-regional efforts in intercultural and interreligious dialogue. END
Reference:Robert E.A. Borje
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