Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal issued a statement today urging the upcoming 60th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations to take a firm stance on terrorism, a phenomenon, he said, that constitutes a great challenge for the world leaders meeting in New York next week. He pointed out that a great many countries have suffered from terrorism, which has been hindering not only economic development worldwide, but also ongoing efforts to settle conflicts in various parts of the world. Prince Saud confirmed that Saudi Arabia has submitted to the UN Secretary-General a proposal for a General Assembly Resolution adopting the Declaration of Riyadh, and initiating the establishment of an international center to combat terrorism.
Citing the success of the international counter-terrorism conference that Saudi Arabia hosted last February, and which resulted in the Declaration of Riyadh, Prince Saud said the proposal to establish an international center to fight terrorism has been adopted by the Arab-Latin American Summit as well as the League of Arab States and the Organization of the Islamic Conference. “The issuance of such a resolution”, he said, “will enhance ongoing international efforts for fighting terrorism, and will boost international organizations such as Interpol and the UN Committee for Combating Terrorism.” He added that such a development will facilitate the exchange of information among national and regional centers, and effectively impede the movements of terrorists and their organizations.
Prince Saud made it clear that the proposed international center for combating terrorism aims to deepen understanding of the roots of this phenomenon, and consequently help to confront and contain it.