"Ceremony of Remembrance"
Statement by H.E. Mr. Jan Kavan
President of the 57th General Assembly
New York, September 11, 2002
Ladies and Gentlemen,
This morning, we gather here to commemorate the
very sad anniversary of the brutal attacks on our host country
a year ago. We grieve for the futile loss of life and we are
still in disbelief at these cowardly acts of terror that changed
our sense of security forever.
We mourn and remember the innocent victims of
September 11th - the people working at the World Trade Center
and the Pentagon, the passengers of the hijacked planes and
the brave members of the Fire Department, the Police Department
and the rescue teams. At the same time, we recall the losses
caused indirectly by the attack - the casualties as a result
of the military response in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the
world This only proves that terrorism is a crime without borders.
We are also assembled here to celebrate the courage
and selflessness with which the American people responded to
this unspeakable tragedy. The invincible spirit and extraordinary
heroism of the people of New York have been an inspiration to
us all. I want to pay tribute to this magnificent city and the
immense determination with which it embarked on the way to recovery
and the difficult process of healing.
In the wake of September 11th, the international
community was able to act with unprecedented unity. A year later,
I would like to appeal on all Member States to uphold and reinforce
the international coalition carrying out our common responsibility
to fight international terrorism. In our fight we must see terrorism
for what it is - a global evil filled with hatred and extremism,
an evil which threatens the common values and principles, as
well as the diversity, of the entire civilized world. We cannot
let terrorism hide behind faith or culture. Terrorism is our
Ladies and Gentlemen,
While our gathering here today is largely symbolic,
in our work at the United Nations we must go beyond words -
we must produce results in the form of practical steps to suppress
the menace of terrorism at its roots.
There are understandably many ways to fight terrorism,
that can range from military means to economic, political or
diplomatic measures. The world that corresponds to the ideals
in the minds of the United Nation's founders, a world free of
hunger, poverty, oppression, tension, dictatorships, a tolerant
world which upholds human dignity in all situations I believe
will be a world without any space, support or fertile soil for
terrorism. To work for such a world is to nip terrorism in its
bud. Thank you.