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  • 14 November 2012

    Statement by Ambassador Ryszard Sarkowicz at the United Nations open debate on countering terrorism

     

    Statement by Amb. Ryszard Sarkowicz, Permanent Representative of Poland to the UN during the briefing of the UNSC Counter-terrorism Committees (14 November 2012)

     

     

    Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

     

    Poland fully aligns itself with the statement delivered by the European Union.

    We highly appreciate the efforts undertaken by respective three UN Security Council Committees aiming at eliminating not only the results of the terrorists activity, but also looking into their causes and countering the appeal of terrorism.

     

    Poland is convinced that the UN should serve as a platform to discuss and upgrade the implementation of the international norms against WMD and CBRN terrorism. For this purpose, we strongly support the implementation of the UN Security Council resolution 1540.  On 12-13 July 2012, the Government of Poland, in cooperation with United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Stimson Center hosted an event in Warsaw devoted to the regional aspects of the implementation of this resolution. Throughout the two day conference participants from the EU Eastern Partnership countries, Caucasus and Central Asia engaged in conversation on their national plans to implement 1540. 

     

    An important facet of the workshop was to highlight the interconnection between the capacity building necessary to combat the WMD terrorism threat and the required measures to fight a broader range of security concerns: organized crime, the trafficking of illicit drugs, small arms and humans, irregular labor migration, and the trafficking in nuclear, biological and chemical materials or dual-use technologies.

    The Workshop was also aimed at demonstrating a very important aspect of the implementation of global nonproliferation obligations. In an era of globalisation it is of utmost importance to apply a holistic approach to counterproliferation and counterterrorism efforts. This means that the international community must engage with both the public and private sector to  minimize the risk of CBRN smuggling and the illicit trafficking of dual-use goods. We highly appreciate that this aspect remains an important part of work of the 1540 Committee. The workshop was an attempt at featuring the implementation of  UNSCR 1540 in this dual-benefit manner. 

     

    Subsequently, a regional approach to 1540 implementation is of utmost importance in bringing together countries with similar experiences but also with similar security challenges. Poland will continue to support this cooperation.

     

    Mr. Chairman,

     

    I would like to take this opportunity to inform you on the results of the International meeting on chemical safety and security. The meeting organized by Poland and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) took place in Tarnów, Poland on 8 and 9 November 2012.

     

    Representatives of states, international organizations, chemical industries and academia explored national approaches and innovative strategies to address the chemical safety and security issues.

     

    Among many topics, the seminar promoted the development of preventive measures against possible terrorist attacks on chemical installations. The Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) presented the Project to Enhance Inter-Agency Cooperation in the Prevention of and Preparedness for Terrorist Attacks against Chemical Plants and Installations, Transportation of Chemicals, and to Promote a Chemical Security Culture. The project would support efforts to prevent and prepare for terrorist attacks on chemical plants and installations and their transportation modes.

     

    Poland highly appreciates the activities undertaken by the CTITF in the sphere of countering WMD terrorism. Therefore, we will consider ways in which the support of the above mentioned project will be feasible.

     

     

    Thank you

     

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