NEW YORK, JUNE 8 – Addressing the UN Security Council, the Italian Deputy Representative to the UN Inigo Lambertini strongly condemned the most recent terrorist attacks conducted in Afghanistan, in the United Kingdom and in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Expressing Italy’s deepest condolences to the families of the victims, Lambertini shared the concern, highlighted in the SG report, over trafficking in human beings and in cultural property as a means of funding terrorist acts. In this regard, Italy reiterated its strong condemnation for the smuggling of migrants and human trafficking that continues to endanger the lives of thousands of people along their journey through Africa and the Mediterranean Sea – made more appalling by its possible contribution to financing terrorism. “In its constant efforts to combine security and solidarity, Italy remains committed to rescuing and assisting the thousands of migrants who reach our shores”, Lambertini said.
The Ambassador recalled Security Council resolution 2354 which raised awareness throughout the international community that countering terrorism only militarily, or blocking its sources of revenue, is not enough: “It is crucial that the credibility of their distorted interpretation of religion be undermined by effective and widely shared positive information and education, through a solid and durable co-operation with the private sector, Internet service providers and social media platforms”. (@OnuItalia)