The Kingdom condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations as a flagrant violation of international law, humanitarian law and human rights.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in its capacity as coordinator of the United Nations Organization for Islamic Cooperation Counter-Terrorism Task Force, on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) group, condemned the terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, regardless of the motives of the perpetrator, identity and place of perpetration, reaffirming that terrorism constitutes a flagrant violation of international law, including international humanitarian law and human rights law of man, in particular the right to life.

This was stated in a speech delivered by Counselor Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al-Atik, Chargé d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, at a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation at the United Nations at Ambassadorial Level with Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office.

Al-Atiq stressed that terrorist acts threaten the territorial integrity and stability of States, as well as national, regional and international security, reaffirming the OIC Group’s respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence from all UN member states in accordance with the Charter. .

He expressed the group’s belief that a comprehensive approach must be taken to combat terrorism by addressing its root causes, including lack of sustained economic growth, lack of development, lack of social and economic, in addition to the illegal use of the force and the aggression and occupation. , The aggravation of international conflicts and political marginalization, stressing the need to fight all terrorist groups and organizations, wherever they exist, without any discrimination.

He stressed the need to distinguish between terrorism and the exercise by peoples of their legitimate right to resist foreign occupation, stressing that this distinction is provided for in international law and international humanitarian law, as well as in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, and in General Assembly resolution 46/51, which also supports this position.

He confirmed the emphasis placed by the OIC group on the need to implement the global counter-terrorism strategy in a balanced manner in all its aspects.

He stressed the importance of building the capacity of Member States to enable them to meet their various obligations under United Nations resolutions, stressing that sufficient additional resources should be made available to United Nations entities and departments. to help build these capacities, and that bilateral relations, technical assistance and technology transfer should be strengthened.

Al-Ateeq explained that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation recognizes the important role of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center, particularly their role in building the capacity of member states to combat terrorism, noting its continued contribution to strengthening counter-terrorism efforts.

In terms of capacity building, Al-Atiq called on the relevant United Nations entities, within their current mandates, to increase cooperation, provide assistance and information, and build capacity at the request of States. interested members through the implementation of international agreements and regional instruments and protocols.

“Such cooperation should be carried out at the request of the Member State concerned, including through the establishment of a South-South cooperation platform of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center “, he added.

He said the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy was a work in progress and an important document that should be regularly reviewed and updated.

He noted that it had become clear that the current structure of the United Nations against terrorism and the tools to counter it were no longer keeping up with the evolution of threats, in particular those related to new threats stemming from racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance carried by nationalist extremists, the extreme right and other groups and ideologies. These new threats today represent a major challenge for the international community.

He said: “The group reaffirms that terrorism should not be associated with any religion, race, belief, value, culture or society. The experience of the last two decades shows that the current structure of the United Nations and the international structure of the fight against terrorism have led to the stereotypical representation of Muslims. Preventing and countering violent extremism and terrorism over the past two decades has relied heavily on what is known as “violent Islamic extremism”.

He noted that this approach not only violates the fundamental rights of Muslim communities and Muslims in many parts of the world, but has also caused a wave of terrorist attacks against Muslims based on Islamophobia, racism and xenophobia.

The Old Counselor welcomed the recognition by the seventh review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy of the dangers posed by new and emerging threats, such as the escalation of terrorist attacks motivated by xenophobia, racism and other forms of intolerance.

He explained that the seventh review requested the UN Secretary-General to develop, in consultation with Member States, a better understanding of the motivations and objectives represented by these groups on the global terrorist scene before the seventy-seventh session. of ONU. General Assembly.

Al-Atiq said: In response to a letter from Under-Secretary-General Voronkov inviting Member States to submit written comments regarding their respective assessments of the increase in terrorist attacks motivated by xenophobia, racism and other forms of intolerance, the OIC team submitted a comprehensive written submission highlighting the seriousness of the threat. Some recommendations are general.

He noted that through the participation of the OIC, the group has also made an important contribution, which led to the adoption by the General Assembly on 15 March 2022 of resolution 76/254 titled “International Day against Islamophobia”, as well as OIC Resolution No. 41/48-POL “Combating Terrorism and Extremism“, issued by the 48th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation on March 22 and 23, 2022.

He pointed out that this ministerial decision by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation empowers the group to make joint efforts to counter the terrorist threat posed by individuals and groups based on racial, ethnic or ideological grounds.

He expressed the hope that the views of the OIC Group would be reflected in the next report of the UN Secretary General and that the report would also contain detailed recommendations that would chart a clear roadmap to address these threats. terrorists.

He expressed hope that the OIC team would continue to work with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office to achieve a balanced implementation of the four pillars of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

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