Double standards rejected in anti-terror

Updated: 2011-09-29 15:56


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UNITED NATIONS - A Chinese envoy on Wednesday called on the international community to discard double standards in the fight against terrorism.

Wang Min, deputy permanent representative of China to the United Nations, made the remarks while addressing a meeting of the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the committee's establishment through council resolution 1373.

"China has always opposed to double standards on the issue of fighting terrorism," said Wang, adding that double standards are the main reasons that hinder the international counter-terrorism cooperation and affect the implementation of resolution 1373.

No country should label terrorist attacks or a terrorist organization by judging whether a conduct threatens its own safety, Wang said.

He said that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should be condemned and combated by the international community unanimously.

Besides, the international counter-terrorism efforts should not aim at a particular religion or an ethic minority, Wang said.

He also called on the international community to help developing countries enhance counter-terrorism construction.

He expressed the hope that the CTC could carry on its principle of cooperation, transparency and evenhandedness so as to promote the leading role of the United Nations and the counter-terrorism mechanism in the Security Council in the international counter-terrorism cooperation.

The Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1373 on September 28, 2001, shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

The resolution urged states to take legal, institutional and security measures as well as work across borders to prevent terrorism.