Statement by Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Mr. Evgeniy Zagaynov at the UN Security Council the extension of the CTED mandate
The Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) and its Executive Directorate (CTED) have unique experience and authority in the area of counter-terrorism. Their job is to ensure the effective monitoring of the implementation of the Security Council’s decisions on counter-terrorism.
My delegation supported the Council’s adoption today of resolution 2395 (2017), on the review and extension of CTED’s mandate. We are pleased that the document reflects the outcomes of the September briefing of the Council (S/PV.8059) ahead the review, organized at the initiative of the delegations of Russia and Ethiopia, and supports the proposals we presented during the preparations for it and at the meeting itself. First and foremost, this is about improving CTED’s mechanisms for interacting with States when assessing their counter-terrorism potential.
It is vital to ensure that the independent expert monitoring of the implementation of Security Council resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005) and 2178 (2014) remains a key function of the Directorate, as is affirmed in the text adopted today. It is also essential to focus on the States that are most vulnerable to the threat of terrorism. In many cases, the monitoring documents are an important indicator of States’ needs for technical assistance, the provision of which is one of the key functions of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism.
That is why the review resolution outlines the parameters for cooperation between CTED and the Office of CounterTerrorism. For our part, we will be ready to provide the necessary support for the implementation of their joint programmes. With the adoption of a highly specialized Security Council resolution on various aspects of counterterrorism, the demands on States and the corresponding volume of work for the Committee have significantly increased. In the circumstances, there it will be essential to set clear priorities, including where the development of thematic subjects that accord with CTED is concerned. In that regard, we note the emphasis that the resolution puts on priority tasks related to countering terrorist propaganda, combating the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes, cutting off financial and arms support to terrorists and developing cooperation in the area of criminal law.
In conclusion, we would like to express the hope that the work of CTED, on the basis of this renewed mandate and under its new Executive Director, will be effective and fruitful in the coming period.