UN / PEACE AND SECURITY TERRORIST ACTS

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The Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counterterrorism, Vladimir Voronkov, said, “we will need to ensure that Afghanistan is never again used as launching pad for global terrorism.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 19 AUGUST 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

19 AUGUST 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegate
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counterterrorism:
“Despite the latest developments in Afghanistan, the Secretary-General’s 13th report on Da’esh remains valid. Its emphasis on the interplay between armed conflict, state fragility and terrorism, and Afghanistan is no exception. The report also notes that Da’esh has expanded its presence in Afghanistan. We will need to ensure that Afghanistan is never again used as launching pad for global terrorism.”
5. Wide shot, Security Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Michèle Coninsx, Assistant Secretary-General, Executive Director, Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED):
“In many non-conflict zones, pandemic-related restrictions have continued to help suppress terrorist activity. In conflict zones, however, where the impact of pandemic-related restrictions is limited, the increasing interplay between terrorism, fragility and conflict has caused the terrorist threat to grow. Indeed, Da’esh and its affiliates continued to pose a significant threat in West, East and Central Africa and Afghanistan, while simultaneously prioritizing their efforts to regroup and resurge in Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic.”
7. Wide shot, Security Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Davood Moradian, Director General, Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies:
“The case of Afghanistan is a prime example of the contradictory approach to deal with terrorism. Many have been recommending political means to deal with the Taliban, while advocating military solution to other like-minded groups such as Al Qaeda, Pakistani Taliban and the ETIM. Ladies and gentlemen, if there is a utility and wisdom in a political approach to the Taliban, why should it not be extended to other groups? Or the other way around.”
9. Zoom out, Council
10. Pan left, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar walks up to podium
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, India:
“I have made it very clear that we have had, unfortunately, a long experience with cross-border terrorism. We are not the only country which has had it, other countries have had it, I mentioned Afghanistan as an example. And I specifically in fact mentioned some of the groups that you did, Jaish-e-Muhammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba. And I think this is a continuing issue and we made the point very strongly that it’s important that there are no double-standards, that there are no distinctions. Terrorism is terrorism.”
13. Med shot, Jaishankar walks away

STORYLINE:

The Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counterterrorism, Vladimir Voronkov, today (19 Aug) said, “we will need to ensure that Afghanistan is never again used as launching pad for global terrorism.”

Presenting the thirteenth “Report of the Secretary-General on the threat posed by ISIL (Da’esh) to international peace and security and the range of United Nations efforts in support of Member States in countering the threat” to the Council, Voronkov said, “despite the latest developments in Afghanistan, the Secretary-General’s 13th report on Da’esh remains valid.”

The report, he said emphasizes “the interplay between armed conflict, state fragility and terrorism, and Afghanistan is no exception,” and it also notes “that Da’esh has expanded its presence in Afghanistan.”

The Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), Michèle Coninsx, told the Council that “in many non-conflict zones, pandemic-related restrictions have continued to help suppress terrorist activity. In conflict zones, however, where the impact of pandemic-related restrictions is limited, the increasing interplay between terrorism, fragility and conflict has caused the terrorist threat to grow.”

Coninsx said, “Da’esh and its affiliates continued to pose a significant threat in West, East and Central Africa and Afghanistan, while simultaneously prioritizing their efforts to regroup and resurge in Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic.”

Also briefing the Council, the Director General of the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies, Davood Moradian, said, “the case of Afghanistan is a prime example of the contradictory approach to deal with terrorism. Many have been recommending political means to deal with the Taliban, while advocating military solution to other like-minded groups such as Al Qaeda, Pakistani Taliban and the ETIM. Ladies and gentlemen, if there is a utility and wisdom in a political approach to the Taliban, why should it not be extended to other groups? Or the other way around.”

Outside the Council, the Minister of External Affairs of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who presided today’s meeting, said, “unfortunately” India has “a long experience with cross-border terrorism.”

Jaishankar said, “this is a continuing issue, and we made the point very strongly that it’s important that there are no double-standards, that there are no distinctions. Terrorism is terrorism.”

The Security Council issued a statement noting “with deep concern that ISIL (Da’esh) and other terrorist groups continue to exploit, both online and offline, of the disruption, grievances, and development setbacks linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, as reflected in the 13th report of the Secretary General on the threat posed by ISIL (Da’esh) to international peace and security.”

Council members reiterated “that they condemn in the strongest terms all instances of terrorism, including the recent cowardly terrorist attacks, such as, the terrorist attack in Baghdad on 19 July 2021, and noted with concern that ISIL (Da’esh) could regain the ability to launch or orchestrate international terrorist attacks.”
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