shabait.com/ Â Statement by H.E. Mr. Araya Desta
AtÂ theÂ outset,Â letÂ me joinÂ othersÂ inÂ congratulatingÂ youÂ forÂ yourÂ electionÂ asÂ ChairpersonÂ ofÂ theÂ Sixth Committee. Likewise, I wish to extend my congratulations to the other members of the Bureau.
My delegation aligns itself with the statements made by Egypt and by Iran on behalf of the Africa Group and the Non-Aligned Movement respectively under this agenda item.
Eritrea reaffirms its unequivocal condemnationÂ of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes. Eritrea strongly believes that terrorist acts constitute a flagrant violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law and fundamental freedoms of people. The recent terrorist attack at the Westgate MallÂ in Nairobi demonstrated once again that the region is still prone to terrorist acts despite serious efforts to combat it. It highlights that intensification of cooperationÂ is needed onÂ information sharing and exchangingÂ ofÂ best practices among countries of theÂ region and other stake holders.
To effectively prevent and control the spread of terrorism, equal emphasis and resource should be devoted to the four pillars indentified in the Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, including the root causes of terrorism and the elimination of conditionsÂ conducive to its spread. Long standing conflicts, conditions of inequality and poverty, among others, must be addressed as part of the overall terrorism strategy.
Eritrea is party to the OAU Convention on the Prevention and CombatingÂ Â of Terrorism and other relevant regional conventions, including the CEN-SAD Convention on Mutual Assistance in Security Matters which allowsÂ theÂ membersÂ toÂ takeÂ stringentÂ andÂ toughÂ measuresÂ toÂ preventÂ terrorism,Â hostileÂ activitiesÂ and organized crimes in various forms.
AsÂ detailedÂ in theÂ contentsÂ ofÂ my delegation’sÂ reportÂ (S/2007/66)Â submittedÂ toÂ theÂ CounterÂ Terrorism Committee, pursuant to paragraph 6 of UNSC resolution 1373 (2001) as well as to UNSC resolution 1646 (2005), national legislative measures are in place in the prevention and suppression of financing of terrorism.
Eritrea, as a victim of terrorism with a long experience of combating this phenomenon, is strongly convinced that prudence must be exercised that threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state is not invoked under the pretext of combating terrorism. Any action taken must be consistentÂ withÂ internationalÂ law.Â TheÂ UnitedÂ NationsÂ asÂ wellÂ asÂ regionalÂ organizationsÂ couldÂ playÂ an important role in combatingÂ terrorismÂ andÂ in ensuringÂ that terrorismÂ is notÂ politicizedÂ to serve specific purposes by some Member States. Acts of terrorism cannot and shouldÂ not be associatedÂ with any single religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group and due regards must be given to legitimate struggle for self determination.Â TheÂ use ofÂ mainstreamÂ mediaÂ andÂ socialÂ mediaÂ asÂ aÂ platformÂ forÂ disinformationÂ is not acceptable.
Eritrea reiterates its commitmentsÂ to continue to work at the national, regional andÂ internationalÂ level to develop and enforce effective counter-terrorism measures consistent with international law.
I thank you, Mr. Chairman.