Mozena hails Bangladesh for great progress in eradicating violent extremism
Reported by: UNBConnect
Reported on: May 16, 2012 08:32 pm
Reported in: National
Dhaka, May 16 (UNB) - US Ambassador in Dhaka Dan W Mozena on Wednesday praised Bangladesh for making great progress in digging out the violent extremism that had begun to take root in this country a decade ago.
“Bangladesh has demonstrated clearly how effectively partnership with neighbors and friends can turn the tide against terrorism,” he said at a regional workshop on `Implementation of the UN Global Counterterrorism Strategy in South Asia’ held at Sonargaon Hotel in the city.
Mozena said: “No nation is immune to the horrors of terrorism. No nation, no matter how big or powerful, can single-handedly defeat terrorism.”
He added that “working together we can ensure that the future belongs not to the hate-mongers and terrorists, but rather to those who believe in freedom, peace, tolerance and democracy.”
The US Ambassador said that as Secretary Clinton made clear during her Dhaka visit earlier this month, America is pleased to be Bangladesh’s partner in the struggle against violent extremism.
Home Minister Advocate Shahara Khatun, UNDP Resident Coordinator Neal Walker and Officer-in-Charge, Counterterrorism Implementation Task Force Md. Rafiuddin Shah also spoke on the occasion.
Mozena said the United Nations, too, plays an important role in promoting counterterrorism cooperation and collaboration in South Asia. The workshop is only the latest of a series of UN initiatives to foster dialogue among stakeholders from across the region.
He said America supports the UN strategy to defeat terrorism. “We believe that to defeat terrorism, we must address the grievances and local conditions that terrorists seek to exploit.”
He added: “Working together, we must strive even harder to foster good governance, reduce poverty and corruption, improve education and address basic human needs.
The US Ambassador said that the legal system and law enforcement agencies must be effective in safeguarding the populace while respecting each citizen’s rights and property.
“Working together, we must build the capacity of state institutions so they can better fulfill their critical roles in democracy.”
He said that to defeat terrorism, it is essential that state institutions respect basic international human rights norms, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.