Address by President Nazarbayev at the Leaders' Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism

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Address by President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the Leaders' Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism
New York City, September 29, 2015

Mr. Chairman,

Dear participants!

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Violent extremism has become one of the most serious threats to peace and security, fostering growth of international terrorism. We urgently need to reach a new global consensus and demonstrate political will to jointly counter this common threat. As we did it during the Second World War, we united after September 11.

In 2013 we witnessed the global responsibility by Washington and Moscow who agreed to cooperate in the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria. In July this year major powers reached a landmark agreement on the Iranian nuclear program.  And we hope today that they would unite to fight against terrorism posing a serious threat to the entire civilized world.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

It is of utmost importance to increase our cooperation in the following areas:

First, we must recognize terrorism as a global threat. We need to establish a UN-led counterterrorism coalition and develop a common mechanism for tracing, detention and extradition of the perpetrators of violent extremism and terrorism.

Second, UN resolutions and decisions on countering violent extremism should have legally binding nature. They must be reviewed and adopted by the Security Council. The main provisions of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, adopted in 2006, should be endorsed through a Security Council resolution.

Third, we must establish a universal set of regulations and rules related to the fight against terrorists and extremists, which would be applicable to all states.

Within the UN, it is necessary to agree upon what defines extremist or terrorist organization and establish a unified list of these organizations. The only Security Council should be entitled to outlaw these organizations.

Fourth, we need to establish a unified mechanism for the prosecution and extradition of individuals involved in international terrorism and extremism. It also should be clearly perceived that severe sanctions would be applicable to those who support them.

Fifth, it is necessary to eliminate the primary causes of violent extremism and not only deal with its consequences.

In this regard, states must reject unconstitutional and illegal actions by any forces in whatever country that would lead to the destruction of statehood.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Fourteen years ago, after the 9/11 tragedy, Kazakhstan became a member of the global antiterrorist coalition. In June this year, Astana hosted the Regional Conference for Central and South Asia countries on countering violent extremism.

Today, we reiterate our commitment to the collective efforts to eliminate violent extremism and international terrorism.

Thank you for your attention!