KAZAKHSTAN AGAINST TERRORISM
Kazakhstan welcomes the initiative to introduce a counter-terrorism strategy that provides for the elimination of the causes of terrorism and its renunciation as a tactical means to attract political attention. The success of this strategy will largely depend on the strengthening of international, regional and sub-regional cooperation in the fight against international terrorism and the growing role of regional organization in dealing with this evil. Yet building the capacity of states to prevent terrorist operations and recruitment by terrorists is the most effective element of a comprehensive strategy.
Kazakhstan attaches great significance to a comprehensive legal framework successfully established by the United Nations General Assembly in the field of counter-terrorism. In addition to all twelve United Nation counter-terrorism conventions, Kazakhstan acceded to the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism on September 16, 2005.
Also, Kazakhstan calls for an early agreement on the draft of a comprehensive convention on international terrorism in order to develop further an integrated legal mechanism to counter international terrorism. We welcome the completion of work to draft and prepare for adoption of an international convention for the suppression of acts of nuclear terrorism, carried out by an Ad Hoc Committee established by the General Assembly resolution 51/210.
Statement by H.E. Yerzhan Kazykhanov,
Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan
to the United Nations,
on agenda item 100: "Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism"
12 October 2020
My delegation wishes to warmly congratulate you and other members of
the Bureau on your election. We strongly believe that under your able
guidance, our deliberations at this session will be fruitful.
While aligning ourselves fully with the statement, which will be delivered
today by the distinguished representative of Kyrgyzstan on behalf of the
Shanghai Organization of Cooperation on agenda item 100 "Measures
to Eliminate International Terrorism", the delegation of Kazakhstan
would like to highlight certain points on this important issue.
The continuing terrorist attacks around the world are a constant and
painful reminder that terrorism remains one of the most serious threats
to all states and peoples. Explosions in Iraq, India and Turkey and an
aborted London terror plot indicate that this global threat is clearly
growing. Taking this opportunity, we would like to express our deepest
sorrow over the loss of innocent lives in all acts of terrorism and convey
our sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims.
Kazakhstan has consistently opposed and condemned terrorism in all its
forms and manifestations. We recognize that no one country is able to
counter the threat of terrorism successfully on its own. Terrorism is
a common problem of the international community and should be dealt with
the cooperation of all. Therefore, we applaud the adoption of the first
ever United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy during the previous
session of the General Assembly. We agree, that this strategy will complement
the General Assembly's legal framework by providing practical and action-oriented
measures. It is also our collective interest to conclude negotiations
on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.
Kazakhstan considers eliminating of poverty, unemployment, illiteracy,
extremism and all forms of discrimination as one of the primary task of
the international community to prevent terrorism. We strongly believe
that it is necessary to ensure sustainable development of all regions
of the world and to pay more attention to the socio-economic impact of
Kazakhstan has always stressed that the fight against terrorism must
be conducted in compliance with the purposes and principles of the Charter
of the United Nations and in such a way so as to refrain from linking
terrorism with any particular civilization, ethnic group or religion.
Our delegation fully supports the call to promote dialogue, tolerance
and understanding among civilizations in combating terrorism. In this
regard, I would like to note that in September this year Kazakhstan hosted
the Second Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. Its
participants have agreed that extremism, terrorism and other forms of
violence "in the name of religion" have nothing to do with the
genuine understanding of religion and are a threat to humanity. They have
also recognized that inter-religious dialogue is one of the key means
for social development and promotion of the well-being of all nations.
The Declaration adopted by the Second Congress of Leaders of World and
Traditional Religions has been circulated as a document of the sixty-first
session of the General Assembly and of the Security Council.
Regional and sub-regional arrangements play a critical role in the efforts
to enhance the effectiveness of global actions against terrorism. The
Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building in Asia (CICA) is one
of such structures. Today there are 18 members and 8 observer-countries
in CICA. During the Second Summit of CICA in Almaty this year, its participants
adopted the Declaration on Eliminating Terrorism and Promoting Dialogue
among Civilizations. They agreed to fight terrorism and strengthen bilateral,
regional and international cooperation, in accordance with the UN Charter,
required meeting this challenge.
In conclusion, Kazakhstan reiterates its commitment to work with other
delegations to effectively contain and rout the threat of terrorism.
We strongly believe that our work during this session will be successful
and the goals to which we aspire will be achieved.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.