United Nations, May 8: United Nations, on Tuesday launched the ‘United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Programme’ in New York. On this occasion, while addressing the project, UN Chief Antonio Guterres lauded India for its continued support to the world body’s Counter-terrorism work.
United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Programme is a flagship programme launched for supporting member states to help prosecute suspected terrorists.
The United Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) launched the 'UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme' which is funded by India, Japan, the Netherlands, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. This is an innovative initiative which will abled state bodies to track terrorists as they attempt to travel.
On the launch, Antonio Guterres expressed, “along with Netherlands Government’s generous contribution to this effort, I also appreciate the continued support of the Governments of India, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to the counter-terrorism work of the United Nations.
Sri Lanka is among the first confirmed beneficiary States of the programme. The nation came under attack on Easter Sunday as terrorists killed over 250 people.
On this occasion, Jelle Postma, chief of the Countering Terrorist Travel and Aviation Security Section in UNOCT said, “The United Office of Counter-Terrorism and other agencies involved in the effort are hoping to engage further with India to examine how this cooperation can be prolonged. It helps India as well to be more safe too”.
The United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Programme’s objectives-