2. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Javier Ruperez, Executive Director, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED):
"Well I'm appalled and sad and full of sorrow and compassion and solidarity with the victims, I'm full of rage and indignation. At the same time, I'm full of determination to continue what we've been trying to do, which is put together an international solidarity in cooperation against terrorism. And I do hope that these very sad events have reaffirmed all of us, the need to cooperate even more closely in the fight against terrorism."
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Javier Ruperez, Executive Director, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED):
"Well, events like today's, will certainly reinforce the need and the feeling for all the member states to fight against terrorism and to enhance that fight against terrorism. I think that we humans tend quite naturally to forget about the bad news 48 hours after the bad news take place. And this is a very sober reminder that the terrorists are still there and that even when they cannot strike that doesn't mean they do not want to strike and this is a proof of it. So it's a very sober reminder to all of us that we should try and continue day by day, almost second by second, minute by minute, this fight and the key to this success is precisely in that continuation without any any doubt, any ambiguity in the fight against terrorism."
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Javier Ruperez, Executive Director, United Nations Counter -Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED):
"Well It's up to the member states of the United Nations to come up with the definition of terrorism. You know that question has been debated for quite a number of years by the General Assembly and I do hope that in the next session of the General Assembly in the month of September precisely coinciding with the Summit of the 60 years of the existance of the organization, member states will able to get together and finally approve that definition of terrorism."
"This is a very sober reminder that the terrorists are still there," Javier Ruperez, Executive Director of United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) told UNIFEED at his office today in New York.
Ruperez said he was appauled by the terrorist attacks in London and full of sorrow but at the same determined to continue international solidarity in cooperation against terrorism.
He said this certainly reinforced the need and the feeling for all the member states to fight against terrorism and to enhance that fight against terrorism and that member states should try and continue, " day by day, almost second by second, minute by minute, " the fight against terrorism.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and crime, the question of a definition of terrorism has haunted the debate among states for decades. A first attempt to arrive at an internationally acceptable definition was made under the League of Nations, but the convention drafted in 1937 never came into existence. The UN Member States still have no agreed-upon definition. Terminology consensus would, however, be necessary for a single comprehensive convention on terrorism, which some countries favour in place of the present 12 piecemeal conventions and protocols.
The lack of agreement on a definition of terrorism has been a major obstacle to meaningful international countermeasures. Cynics have often commented that one state's "terrorist" is another state's "freedom fighter". When asked about the issue of the definition of terrorism, Ruperez said it was up to the Security Council to come up with a definition and that he hoped that in the next session of the General Assembly that member states will able to, " get together and finally approve that definition of terrorism."
Security Council resolution 1373 adopted on 28 September 2001 calls on Member States to: deny all forms of financial support for terrorist groups; suppress the provision of safe havens, sustenance or support for terrorists; share information with other governments on any groups practicing or planning terrorist acts; cooperate with other governments in the investigation, detection, arrest and prosecution of those involved in such acts; criminalize active and passive assistance for terrorism in domestic laws and bring violators of these laws to justice; become party as soon as possible to the relevant international conventions and protocols relating to terrorism.
The resolution established the Counter-Terrorism Committee comprising of all 15 members of the Security Council to monitor implementation of the resolution. The monitoring work was further enhanced when the Security Council established a Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) on 26 March 2004 (resolution 1535), to assist the CTC.
The Executive Directorate is working to strengthen coordination and collaboration among governments and national, regional and international bodies. The Directorate is expected to help the CTC to broker technical assistance for those Member States that have insufficient capacity to meet their obligations. Resolution 1535 specifically recognized the importance of conducting country visits.
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