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Letter from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime/Terrorism Prevention Branch (UNODC/TPB) dated 13 May 2009 on Armenia’s assistance request:

TPB/UNODC in cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the US Department of State as well as the US Department of Justice conducted Legislative Drafting Expert Workshop on the criminal law aspects of the universal legal framework against nuclear terrorism on 18-19 February 2009 in Yerevan, Armenia, for the legislative drafters and policy makers of the Republic of Armenia. As a result of this Workshop, the Plan of Action was adopted by the participating representatives of Armenian governmental agencies, ,which contained inter alia their request to TPB/UNODC to provide technical assistance to the Republic of Armenia in 2010 in preventing and suppressing biological, chemical and nuclear terrorism.

In line with the mentioned Plan of Action, TPBIUNODC is ready to provide legislative drafting assistance in the first quarter of 2010 to the policy makers and legislative bodies of the Republic of Armenia in implementing the relevant universal legal instruments and the provisions of resolution 1540 in relation to chemical and biological terrorism.

Letter from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime/Terrorism Prevention Branch (UNODC/TPB) dated 2 June 2009 on CARICOM’s assistance request:

Regarding CARICOM's request, UNODC/TPB could help States in the legislative drafting process (but not in developing regulatory mechanisms), in close cooperation with the 1540 experts, based on the positive example of Guatemala. In Guatemala UNODC contributed to both the finalization of the report to the 1540 Committee and the inclusion in the draft counter¬terrorism legislation of aspects related to non-proliferation covered by resolution 1540 (2004). It is important that legislative drafting assistance is always provided jointly with the 1540 experts since UNODC/TPB can only cover the aspects of criminalization and other requirements set forth in the universal legal instruments relating to counter-terrorism and, because of our very specific mandate, certainly not all the requirements emanating from resolution 1540.

Letter from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime/Terrorism Prevention Branch (UNODC/TPB) dated 2 June 2009 on Democratic Republic of the Congo’s assistance request:

Regarding the request from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UNODC/TPB could certainly provide legislative assistance, in close cooperation with the 1540 experts. We could also facilitate the drafting of the 1540 report by organizing videoconferences, as we have already done for other African countries. UNODC/TPB has been working well with both countries and has been very active there. When carrying out our technical assistance activities there in the past, we explained the requirements of resolution 1540 through general presentations of the universal legal framework and distributed the copies of the resolution.

Letter from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime/Terrorism Prevention Branch (UNODC/TPB) dated 2 June 2009 on Madagascar’s assistance request:

Regarding the request from the Madagascar, UNODC/TPB could certainly provide legislative assistance, in close cooperation with the 1540 experts. We could also facilitate the drafting of the 1540 report by organizing videoconferences, as we have already done for other African countries. UNODC/TPB has been working well with both countries and has been very active there. When carrying out our technical assistance activities there in the past, we explained the requirements of resolution 1540 through general presentations of the universal legal framework and distributed the copies of the resolution.

Letter from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime dated 13 December 2012 on Congo's assistance request:

With regard to areas 2 and 4 of the Republic of Congo's request, namely holding awareness-raising campaigns concerning the conventions on weapons of mass destruction and the establishment of a legal and institutional framework for the implementation of resolution 1540 (2004), UNODC stands ready to offer, upon request and subject to the availability of funds, the following assistance:

Additionally, through UNODC's Container Control Programme, further assistance could be provided, also upon request and subject to the availability of financial resources, in upgrading cargo and container security at the borders and seaports of the Republic of Congo.

Letter from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime dated 25 May 2011 on Iraq's assistance request:

UNODC could offer the relevant assistance provided that funding is made available for addressing the request. We stand ready to provide the Committee with any additional information needed.