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Counter-terrorism: Deputy Prime Minister addresses Security Council Open Debate

Published Tuesday January 15 2013

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, participated in the Security Council’s open debate on “a comprehensive approach to counter-terrorism” on Tuesday 15th January 2013. This was the first time in its history that Luxembourg intervened in an open debate as elected member of the Security Council.

The aim of the debate, which was chaired by Pakistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, was to take stock of international efforts in the fight against terrorism. The terrorist acts committed in recent years having shown that military means alone were insufficient to defeat terrorism, a more multifaceted and interconnected approach against terrorism was required. It was necessary to oppose the terrorist threat with a comprehensive, coordinated and coherent response at the national, regional and international levels. Such an approach would be characterized by a multifaceted cooperation and combine security, the rule of law, development objectives and the protection of human rights.

Delegations strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and reaffirmed their commitment to implement the UN counter-terrorism strategy. This strategy is based on four pillars: the elimination of conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, preventing and combating terrorism, strengthening the capacity of all States and the role of the UN, and human rights. Minister Asselborn’s participation in the debate on counter-terrorism underscores Luxembourg’s commitment to address root causes of terrorism and ensure respect for human rights in the prevention and the fight against terrorism.

Link to the address by Minister Asselborn