Statement by Ambassador Le Luong Minh, Permanent Representative of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the United Nations at the open debate of the Security Council on the Work of the 1267 Committee, the 1373 Committee and the 1540 Committee
I would like to start by thanking Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting, Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert and Ambassador Jorge Urbina for their very comprehensive briefings on the work of the 1267 Committee, the 1373 Committee and the 1540 Committee and their continued cooperation during the past 6 months. We commend the three Committees, under the leadership of their Chairmen and with the assistance of their expert bodies, namely the Monitoring Team, the CTED and the 1540 Expert Group, for the achievements recorded and initiatives taken in carrying out their mandates.
We continue to acknowledge the threat posed to international peace and security by Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden, the Taliban, and other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with them. The adoption by the Security Council of resolution 1822 (2008) provided further directions and a legal framework for the 1267 Committee’s work.
My Delegation takes note of the fact that the 1267 Committee has given high priority to conducting a review process of all names on its Consolidated List. For that purpose, the Committee circulated two batches of names for updated information or additional identifiers and plans to update all entries on the List. The Committee also worked with its Monitoring Team to publish on its website 53 narrative summaries of reasons for listing. We support the commitment made by the Committee’s Chair to ensure that this review process would be conducted seriously and thoroughly. We, therefore, once again stress that particular attention should be given to the consideration of cases whose continued listing may no longer be appropriate, with a view to removing those names from the List. We believe that all the above-mentioned efforts will positively contribute to improving the quality of the Consolidated List, thus the effectiveness of the 1267 sanctions regime of the Security Council.
The Counter-Terrorism Committee, on its part, has been engaged in a stocktaking exercise of the implementation by Member States of the Security Council’s counter-terrorism resolutions. Using all appropriate tools, such as the PIAs, the country visit reports and recommendations, the CTC has made further efforts to improve the dialogue with Member States, as well as to promote technical assistance in the field of counter-terrorism. My Delegation supports the initiative of the CTC to facilitate, in the framework of the stocktaking exercise, direct dialogue between the CTC and the Permanent Missions of Member States in New York aimed at finding ways to assist Member States in implementing their obligations under the related Security Council’s resolutions.
The CTC continues to give guidance to its expert body - the CTED in developing a technical guide, another reference tool to help ensure consistent analysis and evaluation of States’ implementation of resolution 1373 (2001). We look forward to further discussions with other members of the CTC on the revised draft of the technical guide.
Pursuant to resolution 1805 (2008) in which the Security Council decided to conduct an interim review of CTED’s work by 30 June 2009, my Delegation welcomes CTC’s on-going efforts in assessing CTED’s assistance to the Committee in delivering its mandate and the impacts of CTED’s structural reorganization on its work. Upon the completion of this interim review, we expect the Council would be able to agree on recommendations made by the CTC for the improvement of CTED’s work in the time ahead.
My Delegation welcomes the Program of Work for 2009 adopted by the 1540 Committee with a major focus on the organization of a comprehensive review of the status of implementation of resolution 1540. The Committee made great efforts in elaborating the modalities of the review, which is aimed at addressing specific critical issues that have not yet been addressed and identifying new approaches to promote the implementation of the resolution, while avoiding to impose unnecessary or overlapped obligations on Member States.
With regard to cooperation between the three Committees through their expert bodies, we take note of further endeavors, such as the common approach towards relevant international, regional and sub-regional organizations, jointly proposed by the Monitoring Team, the CTED and the 1540 Expert Group for the consideration of the three Committees, the fact that experts of the Monitoring Team continue to participate in CTED’s visits to Member States. We support the three expert bodies in finding appororiate ways to strengthen their coordinated actions within the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force to help promoting the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.
In conclusion, Mr. President, Viet Nam reaffirms the importance of the three Committee’s mandates and their contribution to the common cause against international terrorism. We wish to register our continued support and cooperation with the three Committees in carrying out their mandates.
I thank you, Mr. President./.
New York, 26 May 2009
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