Only a comprehensive and sustained approach can defeat terrorism: Security Council

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Masood Khan

Only a sustained and comprehensive approach can defeat terrorism, including addressing conditions such as conflict and human rights abuses that feed its spread, the Security Council said in a Presidential statement after a day long debate in which nearly 50 Member States took part.

The Council noted with deep concern that terrorism continues to pose a serious threat to international peace and security.

It stressed that any terrorist acts are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation.

Council President Ambassador Masood Khan of Pakistan summed up the views of those member states addressing the council.

” Condemnation of terrorism was unequivocal; determination to address and combat it was strong and unambiguous. The importance for a comprehensive approach for more effective counter-terrorism effort emerged as a prominent and recurring theme.”

The Security Council stressed that terrorism can only be defeated by a sustained and comprehensive approach involving the active participation and collaboration of all States and international and regional organizations to impede, impair, isolate and incapacitate the terrorist threat. The Council recognizes that terrorism will not be defeated by military force or security forces, law enforcement measures, and intelligence operations alone, and underlines the need to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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