General Assembly: 90th Plenary Meeting, 75th Session

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Complete eradication of Da’esh can only strengthen international peace, security, says delegate, as General Assembly wraps up debate on counter-terrorism strategy.

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Organ Also Adopts Resolutions on Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Cooperation between United Nations, International Organization of la Francophonie

The General Assembly adopted two resolutions and one decision today, all without a vote, while also concluding its debate on the seventh review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

By the terms of the draft resolution “Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia — residual function”, the Assembly approved an addendum to the Agreement on the Transitional Arrangements and the Completion of Work of the Extraordinary Chambers that would have that tribunal carry out a number of designated functions — including proceedings for revisions of final judgments and the protection of victims and witnesses — for an initial period of three years.

Once those three years are up, the United Nations and the Government of Cambodia will review the progress of those functions, after which the Extraordinary Chambers — better known as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal — would continue to perform these functions, or some part thereof, for a further period to be determined between the parties.

Cambodia’s representative welcomed the adoption of the text, adding that his Government will act in a timely fashion to ratify the addendum. He also urged the international community to continue to support the Chambers, including through financial contributions.

By the terms of the draft resolution “Cooperation between the United Nations and the International Organization of la Francophonie”, the Assembly welcomed strengthened and fruitful cooperation between the United Nations and La Francophonie, which brings together 88 members, associate members and observers. It noted this month’s launch of the La Francophonie avec Elles support fund for women affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and reaffirmed the need to respect the equality of English and French as the Secretariat’s two working languages.

In adopting the decision “Towards torture-free trade: examining the feasibility, scope and parameters for possible common international standards”, the Assembly postponed to its seventy-sixth session its consideration of a report by the group of governmental experts on that topic, owing to delays in establishing that group.

Member States hard hit by terrorism and violent extremism were among the speakers who took the floor to conclude the Assembly’s debate of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy which began on 30 June and continued on 6 July. (See Press Releases GA/12343 and GA/12344.)

Nigeria’s representative said that growing affiliate relationships between terrorist groups in the Lake Chad Basin and Sahel with Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and Al-Qaida are a worrisome trend with global implications. He added that his country is seeing a growing nexus between terrorism, banditry and other forms of criminality.

Iraq’s representative said that despite all-out efforts by the security forces, Da’esh gangs and others continue to attack Iraqi citizens, undermine national security and spread ideas which run counter to the principles of Islam. The complete eradication of Da’esh — and bringing terrorists to justice — can only strengthen international peace and security, he said.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s representative expressed concern over the threat posed by groups affiliated with ISIL/Da’esh in her country and in Mozambique which forcibly recruit children and target civilian populations and called on the United Nations to take this matter seriously.

The Russian Federation’s representative said that assistance must go out to those States whose capacity to combat terrorism has been weakened by the pandemic. One of the consequences of the First World War was the inability of warring States to tackle the Spanish influenza epidemic, but even worse was the spread of the ideological plague of Nazism that followed.

Also speaking today were representatives of Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Republic of Korea, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates.

The representative of Ukraine spoke in exercise of the right of reply.

The General Assembly will reconvene at 3 p.m. on Thursday, 8 July, to continue its debate on the implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the political declarations on HIV/AIDS, which began on 8 June. (See Press Releases GA/12333, GA/12334, GA/12335 and GA/12337.)
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