Press Releases

    Note No. 154
    13 September 2001

     

    HEAD OF UN CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE CALLS FOR A
    'NEW LEVEL OF COOPERATION' IN FACING TERRORISM

    VIENNA, 13 September (UN Information Service) - Following is the text of a statement made today by Pino Arlacchi, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) in Vienna:

    The world has lived with terror for many years, being shocked by the monstrosity of attacks against innocent civilians, but the magnitude of Tuesday's attacks against the United States sounds an unprecedented global alarm. The line has been crossed, from individual acts of terror to well-organized crime of catastrophic proportions, with thousands of people killed. That was an attack not only against a prominent member state of the United Nations, but also an attack against open democratic societies and freedom to live in peace.

    We live in an increasingly interdependent world. America should not be left alone to face the challenge. The international community has to rally behind the nation which has been attacked. The community of nations has to rise to a new level of cooperation in order to identify and to dismantle not only the groups which threaten our freedom and security, but also the networks and powers behind them. We at the ODCCP are ready to contribute in those efforts by working with the member states; helping develop global legislative and preventive measures; and improving strategies in dealing with international terrorism.

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