Secretary Clinton's Remarks at the UN on "Threats to International Peace and Security"

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 27, 2010
Secretary Clinton Addresses the UN Security Council on Threats to Peace and Security

Speaking at the United Nations' Security Council meeting on "Threats to International Peace and Security" on September 27 in New York, Secretary Clinton described progress on counterterrorism and talked about the need to address the political, economic, and social conditions that foster terrorist recruitment.

The Secretary said, "I want to speak briefly about the progress made with one critical counterterrorism tool, the 1267 al-Qaida Taliban Sanctions List. This list must evolve as the threat posed by these groups evolves, so we are pleased that the 1267 Committee actively updates the list. So far this year, 45 names have been removed and 17 have been added. And we commend the committee for creating an ombudsperson -- that's maybe a new word, but it's ombudsperson -- to receive petitions from individuals and entities that want to be de-listed. We applaud the inclusion of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and its leaders on the list, and we encourage member-states to provide regular updates to the committee to ensure that the list remains accurate.

"...Counterterrorism demands a comprehensive approach, as reflected in the presidential statement that will be adopted at the conclusion of today's meeting. Therefore, we need intelligence operations capable of discovering terror plots, military and law enforcement officers trained and ready to stop them, border patrol officials who can spot potential dangers, justice systems that can fairly and effectively prosecute criminals, corrections systems that can then detain those who have been arrested and/or convicted. So we have to do more to develop these institutions and capacities and help each other by mobilizing expertise and resources.

"But at the same time, beyond these measures we have to realize that countering terrorism means more than stopping terrorists. It means stopping people from becoming terrorists in the first place. And that requires addressing the political, economic, and social conditions that make people vulnerable to exploitation by extremists. For people whose lives are characterized by frustration or desperation, for people who believe that their governments are unresponsive or repressive, al-Qaida and other groups may offer an appealing view. But it is a view rooted in destruction, and we have to provide an alternative view that is rooted in hope, opportunity, and possibility.

"So that means enacting policies that do create new opportunities for people to build a better future for themselves, strengthening our commitment to core values, particularly human rights and the rule of law. We cannot sacrifice those values in our zeal to stop terrorists. Our values are what makes us different from those who are trying to tear down so much of the progress that has been made over the course of history, and I have to add, especially for women and girls."

You can read the full transcript of her remarks here.

Comments

Comments

Martin
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Ireland
September 28, 2010

Martin in Ireland writes:

Secretary Clinton is correct with her appraisal of conditions behind terrorist recruitment. The worrying developments of dissident threats in Northern Ireland reflects this debate well. The interconnected nature of these socio-political dynamics has long been disguised by relative prosperity. In challenging economic times, the importance of effective action is significant. If not, future uncertainty in terms of economics or politics is a breeding ground for dissent. It's refreshing to know that such inclusive approaches are evident in U.S. foreign policy circles.

Ron
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New York, USA
September 28, 2010

Ron in New York writes:

Human Security 21st Century.....

Taking out and preventing terrorists is job 1. taking the money out of terror is the means. safeguarding loose nukes and dual-use commodities is essential.... financing anti-terror (education, jobs, culture)is key to a future of human security.
The recent drug-crazed killings in Afghanistan are not helpful in reaching our goals.

Donald M.
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Virginia, USA
September 28, 2010

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

September 28, 2010

I agree with Ron in New York, keep the focus on finding, capturing or destroying terrorist which could do harm against our National Security. Sometimes the people I work with laugh that I can come up with numbers to make people think on certain dates, but if it can prevent the next 9/11 and keep our people safe, then its all worth it. I do think the UN should adopt the policy of using future drones as well to help with UN security. They could use some modifications, we can send remote planes into Pakistan, isn't about time our Nation comes up with a remote controlled helicopter gunship that can assist on the battlefield as well? Then we wouldn't be placing our troops in harms way. The country of Egypt, especially Cairo will need to be looked at very close for terrorists. Considering that the Deputy of Osama bin laden is from that area originally. It has to make you wonder about the Pyramids. I have another one of those hunches that the Deputy of Osama bin laden is hiding in Cairo, Egypt.

Simona M.
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Serbia
September 28, 2010

Simona M. in Serbia writes:

Bravo Lady!!!Preventive methodic blocked terrorism before able to became a organizing agresor and oportunity to act!STOP ALL TERRORISM!!!By the way You look so naturaly and charm!You have a brilliant self-control! (the key word:OMBUDSPERSON)Thank You!

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
September 29, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

I definately get the sense that Sec. Clinton has found her groove on the job.

Complete Webcast;

"unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/2010/09/security-council-threats-to-international-peace-and-security-caused-by-terrorist-acts-english.html"

Ron
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New York, USA
September 29, 2010

Ron in New York writes:

IRAN,YEMEN,SOMALIA,NORTH KOREA, LIBERIA,LIBYA,THE DISEASE IS SPREADING.....INVITE THESE "LEADERS" TO A MEETING ALREADY.

palgye
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South Korea
September 29, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Hair style is the very stable and mature.

so much.

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