|Statement by Ambassador WU Haitao at the Security Council Joint Briefing of the Committees Established Pursuant to Resolution 1267, 1373 and 1540|
I would like to thank Ambassadors Umarov, Aboulatta and Llorentty Solíz for their briefings. The Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities, the Counter-Terrorism Committee and the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004), under the leadership of the three ambassadors, have actively carried out their work. That is something that China appreciates.
Terrorism is a common enemy of the whole of humankind. Da’esh, Al-Qaida and other terrorist forces pose a serious threat to international peace and security. Counter-terrorism capacity-building in all countries and international counter-terrorism cooperation need to be strengthened urgently. The prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery is a shared task of the international community. Under such circumstances, the international community should strengthen cooperation by implementing comprehensive policies and effectively dealing with these issues.
First, the 1267 Committee is an important Council counter-terrorism mechanism. It evaluates the threats of terrorism organizations, strengthens sanctions measures and ensures that the relevant Council resolutions are implemented effectively. Indeed, it plays an important role. Recently, the 1267 Committee, pursuant to the mandate of the Council’s resolution, carried out a review of the sanctions list, strengthened its work on listing and delisting and conducted other review work. It has strengthened cooperation with the Monitoring Team and the Ombudsman and has consistently improved its working methodologies, efficiency and effectiveness. Its work is full of positive results. China hopes the 1267 Committee will strengthen its communication with the Member States concerned, strengthen its cooperation with regional and subregional counter-terrorism mechanisms and support the capacity-building and counter-terrorism efforts of relevant countries and regional organizations. The 1267 Monitoring Team and the Ombudsman should follow the Security Council resolutions and the rules of procedure of the Committee by further improving their work and jointly maintaining the mechanism’s effectiveness and authority.
Secondly, the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), supported by the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), has promoted the full implementation of the Council’s resolution, monitored new terrorist threats and evolving trends and provided technical assistance in the area of counter-terrorism, thereby playing an important role in that regard. China supports the continuing attention given by the CTC to the fight against the use of the Internet by terrorist organizations for terrorist activities and financing. China welcomes the CTC’s submission of proposals to the Council for a comprehensive international framework on counter-narratives. China hopes the CTC will continue to strengthen its dialogue with Member States and have better coordination and cooperation with other United Nations agencies. Furthermore, it hopes the Committee will help Member States to strengthen their counter-terrorism capacities so as to cooperatively deal with the new challenges of terrorist organizations using the Internet for their terrorist activities.
Thirdly, the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery is a common challenge for the international community. It is also an important component of the global governance. In 2016 the 1540 Committee carried out a comprehensive review of the implementation of the resolution by Member States and the work of the 1540 Committee. It also produced a comprehensive review report.
The Council also adopted resolution 2325 (2016) unanimously. In the next stage of work, the 1540 Committee, guided by the Council’s resolutions and the program of work of the Committee, should insist on Member States playing a leading role in non-proliferation efforts, and avoid the establishment of new mechanisms. It should give priority to meeting the needs of developing countries so as to strengthen their capacity to implement the resolutions. China is against all forms of terrorism and is actively implementing relevant United Nations resolutions in earnest. China is taking part actively in international counter-terrorism cooperation. China is willing to work with the international community to promote actively international cooperation on counter-terrorism, to improve the non-proliferation system and to jointly maintain international peace and stability.