CTED mission to Myanmar fosters dialogue and understanding on counter-terrorism
The Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) conducted its first comprehensive visit to Myanmar from 21 to 25 November 2011. The delegation visited Myanmar to monitor and promote the implementation of Security Council resolutions 1373 and 1624.
Since 2005, CTED has completed 65 visits to Member States of the United Nations, including all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Myanmar belongs to.
Earlier this year, the new Government of Myanmar introduced a promising reform agenda that President Thein Sein pledged would allow his country to “catch up with the changing world.” The United Nations welcomed the news. Reacting to the evolving situation in Myanmar, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that “real opportunities for progress exist, but the Government must step up its efforts for reform if it is to bring about an inclusive – and irreversible – transition.”
The CTED delegation and the Government of Myanmar considered the UN-led mission to be timely and useful. It provided a good opportunity to exchange views on a wide range of counter-terrorism issues, including human rights aspects of Myanmar’s efforts to implement resolutions 1373 and 1624. In addition to CTED experts, representatives of UN and partner organizations participated in the mission to Myanmar.
In particular, the delegation discussed with relevant Government agencies such topics as drafting counter-terrorism legislation, operational effectiveness, maritime and cargo security, promoting and protecting human rights, institution-building, international cooperation, and training of personnel.
“Myanmar’s authorities demonstrated their willingness and openness to cooperate with the UN on their implementation efforts,” said Mr. Weixiong Chen, CTED Deputy Executive Director and head of delegation. “Myanmar is eager to receive technical assistance from international players.”
The Government has requested assistance in reviewing its draft comprehensive counter-terrorism law in order to ensure it is in line with international standards. A number of other priority areas for technical assistance have also been identified during the visit. CTED will facilitate the process aimed at building Myanmar’s capacity to prevent and combat terrorism.