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Today, Friday, Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein expressed his thanks and appreciation to all delegations from the member states of the group for assigning Iraq the post of co-chair of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism.
In his speech during his participation in the ministerial meeting of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism, which was held on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Hussein expressed his thanks and appreciation to all delegations from the member states of the group for assigning Iraq the post of co-chair of the Friends of Victims of Terrorism group. He affirmed that he "will make every effort, in cooperation with the Co-President of the Kingdom of Spain, to achieve the group's goals and preserve its common principles."
He also expressed his “appreciation to Islamic Afghanistan for the efforts they have devoted on behalf of the group.” During his speech, the Minister welcomed Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, and representatives of Member States (Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism) for attending the meeting, praising their supportive efforts for victims of terrorism around the world.
He stressed that "choosing Iraq to chair the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism is a strong commitment, and we must make more international efforts aimed at alleviating the challenges and scourge of terrorism, and promoting a comprehensive approach to protecting human rights by expressing the needs of victims and defending their rights."
The minister noted that “Iraq commends the collective spirit shown by the group to update General Assembly Resolution No. 73/305 on “Strengthening International Cooperation to Assist Victims of Terrorism,” and we welcome the positive environment for the ongoing discussion on the options available for establishing a fund to support victims of terrorism, adding that Iraq supports Which option enjoys the consensus of the group, and with regard to national capacity, His Excellency indicated that the option of establishing a subsidiary fund within the current United Nations Counter-Terrorism Fund is the fastest and most practical option.
He explained: Iraq proposes; That “the next resolution will pay attention to the aspect of empowering the victims of terrorism and helping them to obtain a solid ground through respect, hope and opportunities to secure a prosperous life, affirming Iraq’s pledge of loyalty to the sacrifices made by the victims of terrorism, reiterating the need to hear the voice of the victims, whether at the national or international level.”
The minister pointed out that “the affected people still need continuous efforts and support to ensure that their needs are met, their human rights are recognized and protected, and their right to access justice and redress mechanisms is respected. To this end, the absence of an agreed definition of the term “victim of terrorism” will not hinder the international community from continuing Expand or carry out joint efforts in accordance with international human rights and humanitarian frameworks, as well as counter-terrorism treaties and conventions,” noting: “Terrorism still poses an imminent threat to efforts to maintain peace and achieve sustainable development goals; Emphasizing that women, girls, children and youth are subjected to different types of violence.”
In the same context, Iraq commends the efforts made by the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center in seeking to confront challenges and alleviate the suffering of victims of terrorism and help them to raise their voices and coordinate efforts to promote national strategies to meet their physical, medical, social and psychological needs, as well as to ensure recognition of their rights in protection, access to justice, rehabilitation and integration.
In conclusion: Iraq affirms its “full commitment to combating terrorism, and its commitment to the objectives and principles of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism; We look forward to her having a strong common voice during the eighth review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.”
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