2002 News Story

Kingdom confirms position on terrorism at UN session

The Kingdom's permanent representative to the United Nations Ambassador Fawzi Shobokshi has confirmed Saudi Arabia's unwavering absolute support to the resolutions of the UN Security Council on combating terrorism, observing that since it is an international phenomenon, terrorism must be confronted collectively.

Ambassador Shobokshi commented, however, that terrorism must be defined, and differentiated from any nation's legitimate struggles and resistance to foreign occupation, making reference to the proposal made by the Arab countries a few months ago that an international conference be convened under the supervision of the UN in order to reach an agreement on the definition of terrorism. Pointing out that occupation of the territory of others constitutes one of the most dangerous forms of terrorism, because this becomes state terrorism, he denounced Israel's continued occupation of Palestine, and the suffering endured by the Palestinians from the repressive measures taken against them by the occupying Israeli authorities, which, he said, constitute a flagrant violation of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention as well as the UN resolutions. He also warned against nuclear terrorism, and advocated the establishment of nuclear-free zones and the signing of the international agreement on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Ambassador Shobokshi reiterated that terrorism is not linked with any particular race or religion, and expressed anxiety over the media campaign in the West that is trying to associate terrorism with Islam, which is a religion of peace and tolerance. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he said, is ready to cooperate with the international community in every way in the fight against terrorism, having voiced support for all measures taken within the framework of the UN Security Council. He pointed out that the Kingdom itself has suffered from the menace of terrorism, and regionally was one of the signatories of the 1998 Arab agreement on combating terrorism, as well as the similar treaty of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), while internationally Saudi Arabia has signed six anti-terrorism treaties and agreements. In conclusion, he declared: "There is no doubt that in the long run terrorism will be contained, and wisdom will triumph if justice, prosperity and peace are realized."