1. The Director-General reaffirms his “strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes, as it constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.” He also states that “Acts, methods and practices of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations are activities aimed at the destruction of human rights, fundamental freedoms and democracy”. In this regard the Director-General strongly condemns the acts of terrorism committed by the Tamil Tigers. Taking advantage of this opportunity, Mr Matsuura recalls UNESCO’s commitment to the implementation of “Uniting against terrorism: recommendations for a global counter-terrorism strategy” adopted by the UN General Assembly at its 60th session.
2. Mr Matsuura joins his voice with that of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who appealed on 28 November 2007 for “an end to the destructive spiral of violence in Sri Lanka and [called] on the parties to the conflict [Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)] to return to the peace process while making every effort to ensure the protection of civilians.”
The Director-General takes note of Sri Lanka’s assurance of its commitment to a negotiated political settlement.
Author(s): Office of the Spokeswoman - Source: Flash Info N° 191-2007 - Publication Date: 07-12-2007