Intervention by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay Permanent Representative of Hungary at the Open Debate of the Security Council on Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts on April 14 2016.
Your Excellency, Mr. President,
Honorable members of the Security Council, Dear Colleagues,
Let me start with a clear and unambiguous statement: Terrorists cannot win! And we can only counter terrorism through the broadest possible international cooperation and with the help of a comprehensive set of instruments ranging from security measures to preventive tools.
I wish to thank China for providing us the opportunity to reflect on this global challenge today.
Hungary, of course, aligns itself with the statement to be delivered on behalf of the European Union.
All acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomever committed. Terrorism should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.
Hungary believes that the United Nations is the best placed to play a leading role in the coordination of international counter-terrorism cooperation. It is the best placed to assess and monitor international priorities, set international strategies and policies and play an important role in capacity building.
In this regard, we fully support the “All-of-UN” approach laid out in the Secretary- General’s recent Plan of Action on Preventing Violent Extremism. We also believe that the upcoming review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy will offer a unique opportunity to reach consensus on a robust framework of international cooperation and coordination that is needed to counter terrorism today.
Hungary supports all international and regional efforts aimed at cutting off the sources of terrorism. The Hungarian Criminal Code unambiguously criminalizes terrorism financing and money-laundering for such purposes. We believe that the efforts and specific activities of the relevant financial intelligence units of Member States must be harmonized on the basis of shared information and joint investigations, as appropriate, to more effectively hamper the capacity of terrorist organizations to function and survive.
The most recent tragedies in Brussels have also painfully reminded us of the importance of stemming the flow of foreign terrorist fighters. More effective border control is needed to be able to manage the security threat caused by foreign terrorist fighter returnees. Interoperable databases and real-time information-sharing should help more effectively monitor the travel of foreign terrorist fighters and ensure swift action by all stakeholders when needed.
A comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy cannot solely based on security measures, enhanced preventive measures are also critical elements for success. Good governance, rule of law, full respect of human rights, quality education, youth participation, inter- cultural dialogue, etc. all play an important role in preventing radicalization. We must engage all members of society, including religious leaders, women leaders, leaders in arts, music and sports as well in this regard.
One of the greatest challenges of our time is to create an Internet that is a free and safe environment for our children and youth and prevents terrorists from exploiting the Internet for their own purposes. We must learn from examples of responsible online activism that effectively engage young people to contribute to inclusive societies and a sustainable future for all. We support all efforts aimed at confronting terrorists’ distorted propaganda, including the activities of those Muslim communities, Islamic leaders, imams and other Islamic opinion-leaders who commit their actions to make a clear difference between Islam, as a religion, and Daesh’s propaganda that goes against it. We are also pleased that various service and content providers are open to cooperate with the international community when terrorist online content is reported to them.
I thank you for your attention.