NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 13 – Protecting Mosul: during a meeting of the Security Council on the defense of critical infrastructure from terrorism, the Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs Enzo Amendola underlined the Italian experience at the Iraqi dam which was targeted by Da’esh threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. During the open session, chaired by the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Klimkin, the Council adopted unanimously a resolution reiterating “the need to strengthen efforts to improve security and protection of particularly vulnerable targets, such as infrastructure and public places.”
A team of Italian specialists arrived last April at the site of the Mosul Dam as part of an emergency campaign to repair Iraq’s largest dam before it collapses. The team from the Italian engineering firm Trevi Group were supported by about 500 troops to guard their security.
Italy co-sponsored the resolution and Mr. Amendola expressed Italy’s vote in favor of the text. Attacks against objects and sectors such as banking and finance, telecommunications, emergency services, air, maritime and rail transportation, and energy and water supply – perceived as ‘attractive targets’ for terrorist groups – can result not only in civilian casualties, but also damage property on a large scale, disrupt proper functioning of public services, and create chaos in societies, the Council said, underscoring the importance of partnerships at all levels and with public and private stakeholders, as well as the need to “to share information […] to prevent, protect, mitigate, investigate, respond to and recover from damage from terrorist attacks on critical infrastructure facilities, including through joint training, and use or establishment of relevant communication or emergency warning networks.”
Terrorists target critical infrastructures in many ways, “and at times they succeed in disrupting our way of life”, Amendola said pointing to last year attacks in the airports of Brussels and Istanbul “which have shown how ruthless and effective terrorist groups can be”.
The representative of the Italian government Amendola expressed Italy’s support for an enhanced role of the UN, in identifying and spreading best practices for identifying and protecting infrastructures; assessing the needs of Member States; and acting through the specialized agencies to encourage cooperation and raise awareness on the importance of coordinated responses. “A key element of partnership is information exchange: the membership should be made aware of the nature of threats to a single Country, when they affect our collective security. Especially when new technologies are key to attacking and protecting infrastructures, we must acknowledge the great premium of joining forces and sharing capacity. We encourage a role for the UN in this domain, while fully respecting national sovereignty and prerogatives”. (@OnuItalia)