NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 26 – Terrorism and violent extremism cannot be defeated only by military means. A comprehensive approach to violent extremism and terrorism is critical to tackle its underlying forces, and the recent event hosted in margin of the GA on 20 September by France, Italy and UK on “Preventing the use of the Internet by terrorists” can provide important inputs and strengthen the cooperation between governments and private companies, the Italian PR to the United Nations, Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, told a Security Council meeting.
Italy – Cardi said, following a briefing of Under-Secretary-General Voronkov, Head of the newly established Office of Counter-Terrorism – is playing a leading role in the fight against terrorism, in particular by focusing on the contrast to all forms of financial support to terrorist groups, including through the responses to trafficking in cultural property and to illegal flows and money laundering, while at the same time supporting initiatives addressing the root causes of extremism, inter alia focusing on the contrast to radicalization in jails and supporting youth programs also through the contribution provided to the Office of the Special Envoy on Youth.
A militar component is also in place: the Italian armed forces are providing the second contingent in number of the anti Dae’sh coalition that is daily supporting Iraq authorities through the training of thousands of men and women in different areas, from intelligence to law enforcement, from border control to street policing. .
In this wider framework, Italy has fully supported the process undertaken by the General Assembly to further enhance the existing counter-terrorism architecture as well as to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy through the establishment of the Office led by the Under-Secretary-General.
“We think that this new body will provide an important added value both in the prevention and in the fight against violent extremism playing a key role in the coordination among the several entities involved in the CT field with a proactive approach and, at the same time, avoiding overlapping, duplication of tasks or any significant impact on the mandate of other bodies”, Cardi said. (@OnuItalia)