September 11, 2001 : Attack on America
Remarks by Ambassador John D. Negroponte, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Security Council Stake-Out; September 28, 2001

September 28, 2001

Remarks by Ambassador John D. Negroponte, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Security Council Stake-Out, September 28, 2001

Ambassador Negroponte: I'd just like to say that I think this is an unprecedented Resolution against terrorism in the work of the United Nations. It obliges all member states to deny financing, support, and safe harbor for terrorists. It will also expand information sharing among UN members to combat international terrorism. There will be a Security Council mechanism to monitor implementation on a continuous basis. We're very encouraged by the Security Council's strong support for this measure and the rapid and unanimous action that it has taken.

Reporter: Mr. Ambassador, for those that might see this as just another piece of paper how is the world or the United States safer from terrorism tonight than it was before this Resolution?

Ambassador Negroponte: Well, I think that there are a number of very important obligations that are being undertaken here by the entire international community. This is after all a binding Security Council Resolution. In addition, as my French colleague mentioned, there will be an ongoing Security Council follow-up mechanism to monitor progress in the implementation of this Resolution. I have the strong feeling that this is one of those resolutions that we're going to be working with and we'll remember for a long time to come.

Reporter: Is there another step for the U.S. in terms of maybe another Resolution yet to come addressing another part of this or is this sort of the end of it for now?

I don't want to take any option off the table here. We've had a long week. It's Friday night. I think we've managed to reach consensus in a very short period of time. This resolution was put forward to the Council members just yesterday and here we are passing it slightly more than 24 hours later. I'm sure that we will work very hard now on the implementation of this Resolution and of course, we've got the General Assembly debate that is coming up next week on this subject. So if I could just finish, I think that our agenda is very, very full indeed in the days and weeks ahead.

Thank you very much.

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