Central Asia - A New Focus of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy
The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task-Force (CTITF) and the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA), together with the European External Action Service of the European Union (EU), organized the third expert meeting on the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 21-22 July.
Counter-terrorism experts gathered from Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan), USA, Russian Federation, Norway, China, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, UN agencies, regional organizations such as the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA), Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure of the SCO and other regional and international experts.
The first expert meeting was held in Bratislava, Slovakia, on December 15-16, 2010 and the second in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 29- 30 March 2011.
Special Representative of the Secretary-General Miroslav Jenca in his keynote speech underlined the importance of building political consensus to cooperate on preventing and combating terrorism and on identifying common approaches and areas for cooperation among the Central Asian States, representatives of regional and international organizations, neighboring countries and major stakeholders.
Head of EU Delegation Ambassador Norbert JOUSTEN stressed that the EU Counter-Terrorism Strategy builds upon the four strands "prevent, protect, pursue and respond". He expressed EU’s full support to Member States to encourage networks of community activists, law enforcement, academics and others to share and discuss best practices in spotting and addressing radicalisation and recruitment leading to acts of terrorism.
Mr. Dudar Zhakenov, Acting Head of the Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Almaty office, emphasized that the fight against modern threats such as international terrorism and extremism, drug trafficking, organized crime and environmental degradation is one of the primary tasks of the international community.
Ms. Anne Wu, Special Political Advisor, CTITF Office, UN Secretariat, pointed out that this was the first regional initiative on concrete implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and the action plan would be the first of its kind in the history of implementing the Strategy.
Discussions focused on Pillar III of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, which deals with measures to build states’ capacity to prevent and combat terrorism and the role of the UN in this respect. The meeting was concluded by recommendations for the elaboration of a joint Action Plan on the implementation of the UN Strategy in Central Asia, to be adopted at a high-level event in late 2011.