Security Council to adopt anti-terrorism text during high-level session on 11 September

Security Council to adopt anti-terrorism text during high-level session on 11 September

The United Nations Security Council will adopt a statement against terrorism during a high-level session to be held on 11 September to mark the anniversary of the attacks against the United States, the President of the 15-member body announced today.

Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria said his country's President would chair the meeting, where other delegations would be represented by senior officials.

"A presidential statement being prepared for the occasion will address the first anniversary of the acts of international terrorism which happened in this country, and also of course the statement will talk about the importance of implementing Security Council resolution 1373," he said, referring to the landmark text aimed at curbing the menace.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was also expected to attend the session, which aimed to underline the Council's commitment to the fight against international terrorism, Ambassador Tafrov said.

Also during the coming month, the Council would take advantage of the presence in New York of leaders from around the world attending the UN General Assembly's general debate, Ambassador Tafrov said. Talks would centre on matters of interest for the Council and would "hopefully to achieve progress on a number of issues."

Other highlights for the month include an open meeting on Kosovo set for tomorrow, deliberations on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and the Council's first-ever public debate on its annual report to the General Assembly. In addition, the Council planned to convene an open session on the problem of small arms, an issue which Ambassador Tafrov noted is "high on the agenda of many countries."