Estonia`s Statement at the UN Security Council VTC meeting on Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts

Delivered by the Political Coordinator of the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the UN, Ms. Kristel Lõuk

We thank Under Secretary Voronkov and Executive Director Ms. Coninsx for their comprehensive briefings, introducing the fresh findings of the Secretary Genearal’s report on threats posed by ISIL and its affiliates.

President – Estonia notes that command and control arrangements between ISIL-core and its so-called provinces are loosening. Further, the on-going pandemic has resulted in travel restrictions, which according to Secretary General’s report have complicated terrorist planning and operations, making it harder for terrorists to move, recruit, and raise funds.

In light of these changes, it is encouraging to hear that at least temporarily the direct threat of terrorism appears to have decreased in various regions across the globe – at least temporarily. However, we must remain vigilant.

We appreciate the role played by Eurojust and Europol in combating all forms of terrorism in European Union and beyond, and welcome the increased cooperation of these agencies with the United Nations.

Despite aforementioned positive developments, we remain concerned about conflict-affected areas, where ISIL continues to undermine regional security. As such, we note that compared with last year, attacks have increased in ISIL core areas, both in Syria and Iraq.

Estonia further recognizes the threat posed by IS in Greater Sahara. The organization continues to mount attacks on international security forces, as well as local communities in the tri-border area of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger.

In these areas, terrorism is closely interlinked with other forms of communal violence. Therefore, in order to address extremism and terrorism, we need a holistic approach, which could build truly resilient communities.

More attention must be given to lowering intercommunal tensions and nurturing political reconciliation. Such activities often start at the grassroots level.

Finally, the question of accountability and denying impunity to the perpetrators of crimes against civilians is an essential part of countering terrorism. It is also a vital in healing communities, restoring trust, and creating conditions for sustainable peace.

I thank you Mr. President.