Cablegate: Guidance for Ctc's Fifth Special Meeting In
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SUBJECT: GUIDANCE FOR CTC'S FIFTH SPECIAL MEETING IN
NAIROBI, KENYA, OCTOBER 29-31, 2007
1. The UNSC's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) will hold its
Fifth Special Meeting with International and Regional
Organizations on the Prevention of Terrorist Movement and
Effective Border Security on October 29-31 in Nairobi, Kenya.
This event will address key issues related to the need to
secure borders against penetration by terrorists and
perpetration of terrorist acts. It will have as its
principal aims the enhancement of cooperation and
coordination among the CTC and international, regional and
sub-regional organizations in facilitating UN Member States'
implementation of UNSCR 1373 and the United Nations Global
Counterterrorism Strategy. It will also serve to raise the
level of awareness of work done by international
organizations among participants in the meeting with a view
to identifying possible areas of overlap and to avoid
duplication of effort.
2. The meeting consists of five thematic workshop-type
sessions moderated by five international organizations: the
International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the
International Maritime Organization (IMO), the World Customs
Organization (WCO), and the United Nations High Commissioner
for Refugees (UNHCR). Each session will include discussion
of the issues and interventions from participants and produce
a synopsis of discussions, including recommendations on
cooperation and capacity building.
3. The meeting is expected to produce a joint statement on
the importance of cooperation on border security issues in
order to combat terrorism effectively, and to agree on a
follow-up action plan incorporating specific activities and
anticipated time frame for implementation.
4. While Nairobi-based USG officials will attend the
conference in observer capacity, there may be opportunities
to raise issues of importance to the USG. Embassy officials
attending this meeting should, as appropriate, underscore the
Tightening border security, to include better training for
border officials on identification of false travel documents,
could appreciably impact states' abilities to enforce the
travel ban on terrorists subject to UNSCR 1267
Arrest and prosecution of individuals involved in
making/selling false travel documents is also needed. Timely
reporting of lost/stolen passport data to Interpol is
critical to preventing the exploitation of travel documents
by terrorists and criminals.
Effective border security entails preventing not only
movement of terrorist operators across borders, but also
movement of terrorist funds, including cash couriers. Member
States should continue to work toward the adoption and
implementation of international standards to detect the
physical cross-border transportation of currency and bearer
negotiable instruments supportive of terrorism.
Improved information sharing in the movement of illicit funds
across borders, which in many cases would require a
strengthening of national laws to allow for increased
cooperation, could help stem the flow of cash couriers
facilitating terrorist activities. Regional and bilateral
terrorist watchlist information-sharing leverages individual
countries' efforts to improve security.
Push for the adoption of a joint statement, vice declaration,
at the end of the meeting.
5. Embassy should report results of efforts by cable by
November 9, 2007.
6. Resolution 1373, which the Security Council adopted
unanimously in September 2001, obligates states to take wide
reaching measures to combat terrorism. The resolution also
established the Security Council's Counter-terrorism
Committee (CTC) to monitor states' implementation of the
resolution and to facilitate the delivery of technical
assistance to states that need it to implement the
resolution. In 2004, the Council established the
Counter-terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) to
assist the CTC in monitoring states' implementation of 1373
and in CTC's capacity-building efforts.
7. The CTC has held four special meetings with regional and
other international organizations. The Fourth Special
Meeting was held in 2003 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, while
previous special meetings were held in Vienna, Washington,
DC, and New York. The Fifth Special Meeting should build on
the outcome of these previous special meetings with
international, regional and sub-regional organizations, which
focused primarily on topics that included terrorist financing
and international cooperation.
POINT OF CONTACT
8. Follow-up inquiries may be directed to IO/PSC (Erin Crowe,