‘Watershed moment’ in fight against terrorism welcomed

first_img 30 Views   no discussions (L-R): Jamaica’s deputy prime minister, Dr Kenneth Baugh; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; OAS Secretary General José Miguel InsulzaNEW YORK, USA — The death of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind some of the world’s most notorious terrorist attacks, represents a “watershed moment” in the fight against the scourge of terrorism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday.United States President Barack Obama announced on Sunday night that bin Laden – the founder and head of Al-Qaida – was killed by US forces at a compound in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, which is located close to the capital, Islamabad.Speaking to reporters at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Ban said it was “a day to remember the victims and families of victims, here in the United States and everywhere in the world.”Bin Laden claimed responsibility for the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people. He is also believed to be responsible for organizing or funding many other attacks, including the 1998 bombing of two US embassies in East Africa, the 1995 bombing of a Saudi security training centre in Riyadh and numerous attacks inside Afghanistan.Ban described bin Laden’s death as “a watershed moment in our common global fight against terrorism. The crimes of Al-Qaida touched most continents, bringing tragedy and loss of life to thousands of men, women and children.”In a statement he voiced relief at the news and commended “the work and the determined and principled commitment of many people in the world who have been struggling to eradicate international terrorism.”The secretary-general stressed that the UN would continue to lead the global campaign against terrorism, drawing from the counter-terrorism strategy adopted by the General Assembly.His remarks were echoed by General Assembly President Joseph Deiss, who said that the UN’s fight against terrorism is “undertaken in the name of all victims. Terrorists must know that there will be no impunity for their barbaric and cowardly deeds.”Deiss stressed that terrorism remains unacceptable, regardless of what form or purpose it takes.Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency this month, read out a presidential statement in which the 15-member panel welcomed the news that bin Laden “will never again be able to perpetrate such acts of terrorism.”The statement urged all countries to remain vigilant and intensify their efforts to defeat terrorism, including by working together to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of terrorist attacks.“The Security Council stresses… that terrorism will not be defeated by military force, law enforcement measures and intelligence operations alone, and can only be defeated by a sustained and comprehensive approach involving the active participation and collaboration of all States, and relevant international and regional organizations and civil society to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism and to impede, impair, isolate and incapacitate the terrorist threat.”Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), noted that the huge number of lives lost around the world as a result of the activities of Al-Qaida.Welcoming Sunday night’s news, he stressed that nevertheless “there remains significant work in addressing terrorism, including tackling conditions that lead to or facilitate terrorism and building the legal basis needed to work against this threat to human security in a humane and effective manner.”Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, congratulated the US president, and the government and people of his country, for the important blow dealt to the criminal organization behind the worst terrorist attack in the history of the Americas.The successful operation of May 1, which culminated with the death of the head of Al Qaeda, constitutes a fundamental step in the global fight against international terrorism, he said.“Terrorist violence undermines the values and principles of the inter-American system, and democratic institutions, the rule of law, and the freedoms promoted by and established in the Charter of the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Democratic Charter,” Insulza said.“The OAS reiterates its perennial commitment to continue to promote and develop inter-American cooperation to prevent, fight, and eliminate this threat, which constitutes a serious danger to life, wellbeing, and the fundamental freedoms of all peoples, a threat to peace and international security,” the secretary general added.Jamaica’s deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, Dr Kenneth Baugh, called the death of the leader of the terrorist Al-Qaeda network “a triumph not only for the United States but for people everywhere who cherish peace, freedom, and democracy.”The government of Jamaica said it is satisfied that justice has indeed been served by the execution of Osama Bin Laden by US Special Forces and commends the US government and military for their resolve and tenacity in the fight against international terrorism.“The events of 9/11 represented the most egregious terrorist assault, killing thousands of innocent citizens of the United States and many other nations, including Jamaica. We were united then in our resolve to overcome this scourge and we remain even more vigilant in view of the possibility of retaliatory action from the terrorist cells spawned by Bin Laden,” Baugh said.Jamaica remains committed to the fight against international terrorism in all its forms and maintains its firm support for united international efforts to foster peace and security around the world, he added.by Global News StaffCaribbean News Now NewsRegional ‘Watershed moment’ in fight against terrorism welcomed by: – May 3, 2011last_img

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