Gulf countries work with U.N. to develop counter-terrorism measures

The United Nations said on Thursday that a meeting took place from Dec. 10 to Dec. 12 between counter-terrorism committees and representatives from Gulf Cooperation Council Member States to develop national counter-terrorism strategies.

The Counter-Terrorism Committee of the Security Council and its Executive Directorate and the Qatari National Counter-Terrorism Committee met with representatives from the Member States during the three-day meeting.

The counter-terrorism strategies discussed were in compliance with Security Council resolution 1963, which advocates for meetings with Member States to advise, develop and implement counter-terrorism strategies.

During the conference, the groups looked at the relevance of integrating comprehensive counter-terrorism measures in light of the Bogota Principles, which were instated February after a similar conference.

A series of recommendations were made at the conclusion of the meetings, calling to mind the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy action plan. CTED said the strategy used with the Bogota Principles provides a "blueprint" for national strategies to integrate the concerns of Member States with respect for human rights and rule of law.

CTED said it would continue to work and cooperate with Member States as they implement Security Council resolutions 1373, 1624, and 1963.