CTED delegation visits Ukraine to monitor resolution implementation

The United Nations Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Director Jean-Paul Laborde led a delegation that visited Ukraine last week to monitor the progress its made toward implementing Security Council resolutions 1373 and 1624.

The delegation, which was comprised of representatives from the Anti-Terrorism Centre of the Commonwealth of Independent States, U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, International Criminal Police Organization and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, visited Ukraine from October 21 to October 23. The group of experts met with the Ukrainian Minister of the Interior Vitaliy Zakharchenko.

The delegation discussed the implementation of the two resolutions with the Ukrainian officials, covering legal aspects, international cooperation, security, law enforcement and financial law and practice. The Ukrainian authorities were also informed that all counterterrorism initiatives should comply with human rights law, refugee law, humanitarian law and international law overall.

Ukrainian officials confirmed their efforts to deter incitement, both through means of community discussion and education and through law enforcement. Zakharchenko also spoke with Laborde about Ukraine's counterterrorism efforts to within the nation and internationally through law enforcement.

"We, more than anyone else, understand the true meaning of the word cooperation and are interested in the exchange of international experience in the sphere of countering terrorism and other related criminal activities," Zakharchenko said.

The delegation uncovered technical assistance needed in Ukraine and pledged to work closely with the nation to ensure prompt and effective implementation of its recommendations.