EU, UN sign agreement on countering terrorism

BRUSSELS, The European Union and the United Nations have signed a five-million euro (USD 5.5 million) agreement for a project on Countering Terrorist Travel Partnership.

The agreement was signed following a visit to Brussels by Vladimir Voronkov, Head of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), where he met EU and NATO representatives, according to a press release by the UN Benelux office Wednesday. The EU-UN Programme aims to enhance the detection capabilities of selected partner countries to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters and serious criminals, as well as to strengthen regional cooperation to counter terrorism, it noted. The EU funding will support a three-year joint project within the global UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme to assist partner countries in building their Passenger Information Units (PIUs), which collect, analyze, and share passenger data, including Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR).

The joint project will also add a maritime component to the UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme, it said.

According to the press release, Voronkov briefed the EU Political and Security Committee and highlighted need for ensuring international cooperation in view of the changing counter-terrorism landscape.

“Together, the UN and the EU can reach further and have true impact in strengthening international peace and security. Only through multilateralism will we be able to defeat transnational terrorism,” he stressed.

Voronkov also referred to the situation concerning foreign terrorist fighters. He re-iterated UN Secretary-General’s reminder that Member States have primary responsibility for their own nationals, that children should be primarily treated as victims, and that Member States should refrain from any action that renders individuals stateless. Voronkov also met with Mircea Geoana, Deputy Secretary General of NATO. In line with the Updated Joint Declaration on UN-NATO Secretariat Cooperation signed in 2018, they discussed ongoing counter-terrorism cooperation, including on enhancing Member States, added the press release.

Source: Kuwait News Agency