Ambassador Pham Hai Anh, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), has affirmed that terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction continue to be a serious threat to peace and international security.
Addressing a briefing of the UN Security Council (UNSC)’s three counter-terrorism committees on December 2 on their activities, the Vietnamese diplomat appreciated the work results of the committees, overcoming challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining exchanges, strengthening capacity, and sharing information with other countries.
The Ambassador suggested that the committees continue to coordinate activities, provide technical assistance to countries in the implementation of the resolutions of the UNSC. He reaffirmed Vietnam's commitment to fully implementing the UNSC's resolutions on combating terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and collaborate with UN agencies and all partners on the basis of the UN Charter and international law.
Speakers at the meeting stressed the importance of cooperation among the three bodies, focusing on the collection of information, terrorist threats including the threat of terrorist access and use of weapons of mass destruction, monitor and evaluate the implementation of resolutions of UNSC.
Tunisian Ambassador Tarek Ladeb, Chairman of the 1373 Counter-Terrorism Committee, said the committee has made great efforts to organise a meeting to provide information and strengthen the capacity of countries on combating terrorist financing, emerging threats to assess the implementation of Resolution 1373 and related resolutions.
Norwegian Ambassador Trine Heimerback, Chairman of the 1267/1989/2253 Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee, said the 1267 committee was reviewing the number of individuals and entities in its sanction list, calling on countries to cooperate and submit reports on the implementation of Resolution 1267.
Mexican Ambassador Juan Ramón de la Fuente Ramírez, Chair of the 1540 Committee, said the committee continued to provide technical assistance to countries in the implementation of Resolution 1540, encouraging countries to adopt a voluntary National Plan of Action.
Members of the UNSC spoke highly of the coordination of activities between the committees, suggested that the bodies and expert groups continue to find ways to adapt to the new circumstances and accelerate the completion of the working programme of the Committees, supporting the realisation of relevant resolutions of the UNSC.