Statement by H.E Ambassador Le Hoai
Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the
On behalf of ASEAN at the Six Committee
of the UNGA 67 Session
on Agenda Item 105 “Measures to
eliminate international terrorism”
(October 8-9, 2012)
I have the honor to address the Committee on behalf of the Member States
of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), namely Brunei
Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and my
own country-Vietnam. First of all, I would like to congratulate you and other
members of the Bureau for your elections to the leadership of the Committtee. I
trust that under your leadership, the Committee will be successful in its work
during this session which is precedent by an important events, that is the
High-level Meeting on the rule of law at the national and international levels.
Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations today constitutes one of
the most serious threats to the international community. The world continues to suffer from heinous terrorist
acts, conducted by more sophisticated tactics.
shares the international community’s grave concerns on the rise of this scourge
and adopts an uncompromising attitude toward terrorist activities through its
consistent policy and actions on counter-terrorism. Terrorism in any forms and
by any motive is unjustifiable and the perpetrators must be brought to
complex nature of international terrorism, ASEAN would like to underscore the urgency
for a cohesive and united approach to effectively combat terrorism at both
regional and international levels. In recent years, the international community,
with the United Nations playing the leading role, has made significant progress
in the cooperation on counter-terrorism. But much more needs to be done. In the
course of combating international terrorism, ASEAN also recognizes that
counter-terrorism measures should be conducted in conformity with the principles
enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, international law and grounded
firmly on the rule of law.
In the past year, the ASEAN Member States have continued to undertake collective
efforts at both national and regional levels to fight against international
terrorism in line with the United Nations’ Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and
all relevant United Nations Resolutions.
The ASEAN Convention on Counter-Terrorism (ACCT), which came into force
last year, has immensely strengthened the legal foundation to promote the
region’s capacity to confront terrorism and deepen counter-terrorism cooperation.
Together with the ASEAN Comprehensive Plan of Action on Counter-Terrorism, the
ACCT also strengthens the region’s strategic role in the global strategy on
counter-terrorism. Many of ASEAN Member States have promulgated their own domestic
legislations or detailed national plans to effectively implement provisions of the
ACCT and other international conventions on counter-terrorism. While
encouraging collective actions, ASEAN recognizes the
right of individual ASEAN Member States to continue pursuing practical
preventive measures to remove the root causes and conditions conducive to terrorism.
We likewise acknowledge that the sovereignty, territorial integrity and
domestic laws of each ASEAN
shall be respected and upheld in undertaking the fight against terrorism.
This year, the Tenth ASEAN Regional Forum Inter-Sessional Meeting on
Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime was held in March, in Viet Nam. The
meeting witnessed the launching of Global Counter-Terrorism Forum Southeast
Asia Working Group, which would complement the broad array of activities
undertaken at the international level, including those at United Nations. The
Meeting also identified new priority areas that the region would focus on in
the near future including those of human trafficking and terrorist financing. Moreover,
to further support the implementation of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism
Strategy, the Inaugural Meeting of the South East Asia Working Group of the
Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF) was held in Semarang, Indonesia,
March 6-7, 2012
with the participation of more than 85 representatives from 30 countries. The
discussion focused on the issues of the management and custody of terrorist
suspects in prisons, de-radicalization, law enforcement cooperation and
training, and judicial cooperation in the multilateral legal framework.
The 7th ASEAN-Japan Counter-Terrorism Dialogue (AJCT) was held in the Philippines, July 24 – 26, 2012 to promote
cooperation between ASEAN and its dialogue partners. It also marked the
beginning of the second phase of the Dialogue from 2012 to 2015. In the
Dialogue, ASEAN and Japan
agreed to focus cooperation on countering chemical, biological, radiological
and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism and cyber terrorism in the 2nd phase.
The Dialogue is considered to be an important framework to strengthen
counter-terrorism cooperation in the ASEAN region, in preparation for building
the ASEAN Community in 2015.
At the ASEAN Summit in Phnom
in April 2012, ASEAN leaders unanimously endorsed and adopted Malaysia’s
initiative on the Global Movement of the Moderates (GMM) as one of ASEAN’s
positive contributions in shaping global developments.
Essentially, the GMM calls on the voices of moderation to drown the
voices of extremism. There is an urgent need for moderates to reclaim the
centre and moral high ground. The voices of moderation should be from all
religious beliefs and faiths, committed to working together to combat and hence
marginalize extremists. As such, we
invite all Member States to join us in this initiative in our efforts to marginalize
extremism and combat terrorism.
We also take this opportunity to join other states to renew our
commitment to promote international cooperation in combating terrorism. We
recognize the leading role of the United Nations in improving coordinated
policies and actions against international
terrorism and call for full implementation of the UN Global
Counter-Terrorism Strategy as well as the Action Plan. In this regard, ASEAN
welcomed the High-level Meeting on countering nuclear terrorism under the
auspice of the United Nations on 28 September 2012. ASEAN also hopes that the Draft
Comprehensive Convention on the International Terrorism will be finalized
during this session.
I thank you, Mr. Chairman.