2002 Statement



Permanent Representative of Japan

At the Open Meeting of the Security Council,

On Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts

4 October 2002

Mr. President,

Thank you for convening this public meeting of the Security Council. I shall be very brief.

Mr. President,

On the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, we vividly recalled the sense of tremendous panic and profound grief caused by such a brutal act. We could not but have heartfelt sympathy for the victims and their bereaved families. At the same time, we all had a sense of our own vulnerability, knowing that terrorists could strike anywhere and at any time.

Mr. President,

Although much progress has been made in the fight against terrorism, the struggle must be ongoing. Only through steadfast vigilance and a comprehensive approach, with efforts made by each State, as well as determined cooperation at the regional and international levels, can we have some assurance that such acts of terrorism will not be repeated.

First, as part of its own efforts to combat terrorism, in June Japan deposited its instruments of acceptance of the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism. In so doing it became party to all twelve international anti-terrorism conventions. Japan hopes that every State will likewise conclude all of the anti-terrorism conventions. At the same time, we believe it is also important to further strengthen the international framework by adopting such conventions as the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism and the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. Japan will continue to work toward this goal.

Second, I wish to refer to cooperation at the regional level. In Tokyo on the 1st and 2nd of this month, Japan co-hosted with the Republic of Korea and Singapore the Second ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Workshop on counter-terrorism measures. The discussions at the workshop focused on how we might make more concrete international cooperative efforts, based on the recommendation made at the first workshop in Bangkok. As a result of the very fruitful discussions, we completed work on the paper entitled "Best Practices for Counter-Terrorism Measures in Major International Events". The workshop thus offered a valuable opportunity to strengthen regional efforts to combat terrorism.

Third, cooperative efforts to combat terrorism at the international level are especially crucial. Japan therefore remains committed to fully supporting the work of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC). I would like in particular to point out the important role of the CTC in facilitating global implementation of Security Council resolution 1373. As Japan has repeatedly stressed, developing countries which are facing difficulties in implementing that resolution must be provided with international assistance. The CTC’s directory of assistance is an important mechanism for the coordination of such assistance. For its part, Japan is now considering extending assistance to those countries, using as a reference the information provided by the CTC’s distinguished expert, Ambassador Curtis A. Ward.

Mr. President,

In closing, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock, Chairman of the CTC, and to the other members of the bureau for their excellent work, which they have conducted in a very transparent manner. I would also like to refer to the efforts of Ambassador Alfonso Valdivieso, Chairman of the Committee established under the Security Council Resolution 1267 and his staff. Without their dedication and extraordinary contributions, the Security Council could not have accomplished its tasks so successfully. I wish to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to them as well.

Thank you very much.