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UNSC extends mandate of its key counter-terrorism structure for four years

December 18, 2013, 11:35 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
This body monitors the implementation by the countries of the key provisions of the UN Security Council basic antiterrorist resolutions
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UNITED NATIONS, December 18. /ITAR-TASS/. The UN Security Council has extended for four years, until December 31, 2017, the mandate of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). This body monitors the implementation by the countries of the key provisions of the UN Security Council basic antiterrorist resolutions — 1373 and 1624.

The first, adopted after the terrorist attacks in 2001, stipulates that all countries should prevent and outlaw the financing of terrorist acts and support of individuals and organizations involved in these activities. And Resolution 1624 (2005) urges the UN member states to combat incitement to terrorism.

Taking on Tuesday the decision to extend the CTED mandate for four years, the Security Council members also schedules an interim review of the structure’s activity by December 31, 2015. By this time, the Executive Directorate should deliver a report that will contain a global analysis of the implementation of Resolutions 1373 and 1624.

In addition, the Security Council instructed the CTED to “identify emerging problems, trends and events” associated with the problem of terrorism, and also urged the body to expand the dialogue both with the UN members states and other United Nations agencies, in particular, the Department of Peacekeeping operations, “including at the stages of mission planning.”

The UNSC Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate comprises about 40 employees who analyze the submitted by the UN member states reports on combating the financing of terrorism and taking related legislative measures, border and customs control, law enforcement activity, transportation security and control of the arms trade, as well as observance of human rights.

CTED delegations regularly visit the UN member states to assess the implementation of these two resolutions. In October 2012, representatives of this structure visited the Russian Federation. They prepared a report on the results of the visit that noted Russia’s multi-faceted experience in the sphere of international counter-terrorism co-operation.

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