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Statement by H.E Ambassador Le Hoai Trung Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations On behalf of ASEAN at the Six Committee of the UNGA 67 Session on Agenda Item 105 “Measures to eliminate international terrorism”
10-09-2012, 09:48 pm

Statement by H.E Ambassador Le Hoai Trung

Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations

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 Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, 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.


Mr. Chairman,


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.


ASEAN 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 justice.   


Given the 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.   


Mr. Chairman,


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 Member State shall be respected and upheld in undertaking the fight against terrorism.


Mr. Chairman,


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.


Mr. Chairman,


At the ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia 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.


Mr. Chairman,


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.  

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