Counter-Terrorism Committee holds first meeting under Morocco's chairmanship
The Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee held its first meeting of 2013 on 7 February and the first with Morocco as Chair. Mr. Mohammed Loulichki, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations, presided over the meeting.
Morocco is a member of the Security Council until the end of the year. New members serving two-year terms include Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, Rwanda and South Korea. All 15 members of the Council are represented in the Committee.
During the meeting, Committee members heard from Mr. Aleksey Kuzyura, Head of the Working Group of the Meeting of Heads of Special Services, Security Agencies and Law-Enforcement Organizations of Foreign States. He briefed them on their activities in 2012.
The Committee went on to review preliminary conclusions on two country visits completed in November 2012. Members also approved the Committee’s programme of work for this year.
Highlights for 2013 include the review of CTED’s mandate, which expires on 31 December, and the replacement of the Preliminary Implementation Assessment (PIA) with two new diagnostic tools. These documents will help identify challenges Member States face in their fight against terrorism and facilitate the delivery of targeted technical assistance in that regard.