Netherlands Counterterrorism Coordinator visits CTED
The view that Member States should prioritize the development of comprehensive and integrated national counterterrorism strategies is one shared by Mr. Weixiong Chen, Deputy Executive Director of CTED, and Mr. Erik Akerboom, National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security of the Netherlands, who met in New York on 23 February 2012.
Considering the complexity and gravity of terrorism-related issues and the requirements of Security Council resolution 1963 (2010), States’ counterterrorism efforts should not focus solely on security. They must also focus on prevention by addressing a broad range of areas and conditions conducive to terrorism.
The use of the Internet for terrorism purposes and other modern terrorist financing methods were other issues of concern. In that regard, Mr. Chen and Mr. Akerboom agreed that sharing good practices in tackling new terrorist trends could make a significant difference. The Netherlands would continue to support the UN in the global fight against terrorism, Mr. Akerboom said.
The contribution of the Netherlands to capacity-building programmes for States in need was also recognized during the meeting. Mr. Chen reaffirmed that the CTED team looked forward to further enhancing its partnership with the Netherlands in promoting the full implementation by Member States of the relevant Security Council resolutions and the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.