I have the honor to address the General Assembly on behalf of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and my own country - Viet Nam. At the outset, let me register our appreciation for all the hard work carried out by you, members of the bureau and the facilitator, Ambassador Abdul Momen of Bangladesh, in preparation of the second review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. In this regard, we take note of the comprehensive Report of the Secretary-General on the Activities of the United Nations System in Implementing the Strategy.
International terrorism continues to be a grave challenge to the international community. The ASEAN Member States strongly condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and underline that international cooperation and actions by States to combat terrorism should be conducted in conformity with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, international law and relevant international conventions. By adopting the United Nations Global Strategy on Counter-Terrorism, Member States are committed to combat and prevent terrorism in a holistic manner. The ASEAN Member States support the Global Strategy in its entirety and call for further effective and integrated implementation of the Strategy. We welcome regular reviews by Member States of the implementation of the Strategy in order to find ways and means to bridge the gaps, discuss policy guidance to the United Nations system, in particular the Counter-Terrorism Inter-agency Task Force. We also welcome the CTITF playing a stronger coordinating role to ensure more effective support by the UN system to Member States in their efforts to implement the Strategy.
As underlined in the Global Strategy and General Assembly resolution 62/272, the responsibility for implementing the Strategy rests primarily with Member States. Thus, all ASEAN Member States have stepped up their efforts to combat terrorism and address the root causes and conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism while respecting human rights and the rule of law. The ASEAN Member States also strive to strengthen cooperation among themselves and with other countries, including through the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, the ASEAN Convention on Counter-Terrorism and various partnerships in the eradication of transnational crimes and terrorism. The ASEAN Political-Security Community Blueprint, adopted by the ASEAN Heads of States and Governments at the 14th ASEAN Summit in Thailand in March 2009, identifies concrete actions to be undertaken, such as working towards the entry into force of the ASEAN Convention on Counter-Terrorism, endeavoring to accede and ratify the relevant international instruments on counter-terrorism, promoting effective implementation of the ASEAN Comprehensive Plan of Action on Counter-Terrorism and cooperating to support development initiatives aimed at addressing the root causes of terrorism and conditions conducive to terrorism.
At the 16th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi in April this year, the Leaders of the ASEAN Member States reviewed the implementation of the ASEAN Political-Security Community Blueprint and reemphasized the need to fully implement the ASEAN Convention on Counter-Terrorism and its Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Most recently, the 17th ASEAN Regional Forum, which took place in Hanoi in July 2010 and was attended by Foreign Ministers and High-level Representatives from 27 ARF participants, had terrorism high on its agenda. The 17th ARF participants recognized that terrorism remained a serious and immediate threat to regional and global security and reiterated their commitments to work together to eradicate this threat. They recognized the perseverance of terrorist groups in the region and called for greater efforts to be exerted in a more comprehensive, multifaceted and coordinated manner. They underlined the importance to address root causes of terrorism. They supported the implementation of the United Nations Global Counter Terrorism Strategy. They highlighted the importance of nuclear security and non-proliferation in preventing the acquisition of nuclear materials by terrorist groups. They further agreed that countries should remain vigilant of the ever changing modus operandi and movement of terrorists in the region.
In strengthening their efforts to combat and prevent terrorism/extremism in the region, the ASEAN Member States stress the need to empower moderate sectors of society and the promotion of inter-faith dialogue. In this regard, the ASEAN Member States welcome the Second Informal Meeting of World Leaders on Inter-faith Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace to be held at the United Nations Headquarters on 23 September 2010.
In conclusion, the ASEAN Member States once again reaffirm their commitment to the fight against international terrorism. We are confident that Member States will seize the opportunity of this second review to renew the collective determination to fully implement the Global Strategy.
I thank you, Mr. President!