UN Security Council Hears Progress of Counter-Terrorism Committee

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Friday, March 1, 2002
Bruce Zagaris
On January 18, 2002, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, the chairman of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) established to deal with the September 11 attacks against the U.S. briefed the Security Council on its progress and proposed actions. During its first 90-day period after the Security Council’s Resolution 1373, under which the CTC was established to raise the level of national governments counter-terrorism actions, the CTC had issued guidance to States on the submission of reports, had published a directory of contact points to promote global cooperation, and selected a group of independent experts to advise the Committee, which is acting with maximum transparency. Amb. Greenstock explained the CTC would respond confidentially to each government on its respective report, offering comments that could include a request for more information or for clarification. The Committee might also suggest area where further legislation or executive measure were needed to improve the State’s capacity to combat terrorism. He suggested it may also be useful to identify possible sources of expertise or relevant assistance programs.