Resolution on Terrorism

APPF10 RES 04

10th Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum
6-9 January 2002

Resolution on Terrorism

APPF10/RES/04

(submitted by Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Philippines and United States)

THE TENTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASIA PACIFIC PARLIAMENTARY FORUM:

Reaffirming that terrorist attacks which took place on September 11, 2001 in the United States were criminal acts against civilization itself and an unforgivable assault on all humanity;

Reaffirming that all acts, methods and practices of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, in whatever forms and manifestations, wherever they are committed, and whoever committed them, as clearly stated by the United Nations Security Council resolutions 1269 (1999) and 1368 (2001);

Concerned that the global reach of international terrorists means that no country or economy is immune to terrorist attacks;

Underlining the need to maintain and strengthen broad-based global cooperation against terrorism, which transcends religious, ethnic and cultural boundaries, not condemning any particular religion or ethnic group for terrorism;

Deeply Concerned that, as acts of terrorism rely more on highly sophisticated weapons and tactics for mass destruction, terrorism will pose greater threat to the international community in the future;

Noting The Chairman’s Statement of ASEAN Regional Forum, October 2001, APEC Economic Leader’s Statement on Counter Terrorism, October 2001, and 2001 ASEAN Declaration on Joint Action to Counter Terrorism, November 2001; and

Underlining the importance of strengthening regional and international cooperation in meeting the challenges confronting us;

RESOLVES TO:

Unequivocally condemn in the strongest terms the horrifying terrorist attacks which took place on 11 September 2001 in the United States and express our deepest condolences to the victims of terrorist attacks;

Support efforts by APPF member countries to strengthen the international and regional framework for combating terrorism, and affirm that the United Nations should play a major role in this regard;

Call upon APPF member countries to sign, ratify, accede and implement as soon as possible the relevant international conventions and protocols relating to terrorism, including those concerning the suppression of financing of terrorism, hijacking, violence against aircraft and hostage taking, and to fully implement all the provisions of the Security Council resolutions 1269, 1368 and 1373;

Call upon all the APPF member countries, particularly their parliamentarians, to enact and revise domestic legislation necessary to implement the various international agreements on terrorism;

Reaffirm that it is important for international society as a whole to punish terrorists in the fight against international terrorism, and call upon all countries to work together to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these terrorist attacks;

Call upon all the countries to make further efforts for the solution of a wide variety of political, economic and social problems, including poverty and regional conflicts, which terrorists could take advantage of to justify their attacks;

Stress the importance of undertaking appropriate measures to combat international terrorism which avoid casualties among innocent civilians; and

Enjoin all member countries to strengthen its human rights institutions and legal system, at the same time, to widely disseminate to all sectors of population, information on how terrorism, international and local, deters their full enjoyment of basic human rights and individual liberties.

January 8, 2002, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

 



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