06 listopada 2001
Address by Mr Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of the Republic of Poland, at the Inauguration of the Warsaw Conference on Combating Terrorism Madam President, Presidents, Ministers, Ambassadors, Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to Warsaw. Let me extend my warm welcome to the presidents of states who accepted invitation to participate in the conference. Also, let me welcome representatives of the observer countries, representatives of the United Nations, European Union, OSCE and North Atlantic Alliance. Hardly ten months are gone from the day when we inaugurated the 21st century. We welcomed the beginning of the new century with hope. After September 11, we found ourselves in a new reality. The oncoming times will certainly be more difficult, more challenging to politicians and heads of state. We have to reconsider a number of issues and to postpone a number of expectations. Although the strike of September 11, 2001, was targeted at the buildings in New York and Washington, it hit all of us. Today we share the grief of all bereaved families. We are stunned to see the depth of harm and the boundlessness of blind hatred. What has befallen the people of America may befall any other nation, any other man, any of us. After September 11, the time has come to bear witness, in words and actions, to justice, truth, allegiance, and democracy. Ladies and Gentlemen, We represent the region of Central, East and Southeast Europe, which has been tried severely in the past. Today, thank to democratic transformations and great strides of our peoples, thanks to our partnership and solidarity, this part of Europe is stable or quickly progresses towards stability. Assembled in Warsaw today, we wish to reaffirm our solidarity and faith in democracy. Our solidarity and faith in democracy. The anti-terrorist coalition should be universal. Our states have proved their will to participate in it in a manner, which will meaningfully contribute to the struggle against terrorism. I am happy that these issues are explored in Warsaw. We, the Poles, set great store by the strengthening of ties between the countries of the region. For me it was a great satisfaction to ascertain that practically all countries in this part of Europe, their own actions notwithstanding, accepted Poland’s invitation in order to prove their solidarity in the struggle against evil. The voice of states of Central, East and Southeast Europe should be given heed! This conference is serving this purpose. Our voice must be heard and present. While gathering here in Warsaw, we are sending a message about our readiness to the world. I am also convinced that we shall think how to cure causes and eliminate sources of international terrorism. The combat against it will call for a long-term effort. Likewise, the vision of necessary actions should be far-sighted. Terrorists fully enjoy all benefits of globalisation: access to modern technology, full information, free communication between various parts of the world, as well as free movement of capital. In their pursuits, terrorists resort to corruption, drug trafficking , illicit trafficking in arms, in persons, illegal capital transfers. We cannot agree to the situation where the processes originally meant to assist mankind’s development are now turning against us. We must not forget that terrorist activities gain public support primarily in those countries and environments where people are poor and bereft of hope. They are nursing hatred of the world and modernity. For this reason, we must put a greater emphasis on international dialogue, education and mutual tolerance, upbringing of young people. Globalisation is an irreversible process, bust we must democratise it and make its fruits available to all countries and nations. We must enrich it with the voices of poorer, peripheral countries and communities, struggling under many problems. Inasmuch as every man has the right to equal opportunities, every nation has the right to benefit from global development. Hence, world-wide circulation of people, information, capital, should be made more equitable than it is today. At this point, however, it should be reiterated that in our effort to clearly understand sources of terrorism and to eliminate its causes, we can never pardon terrorists, nor can we justify them. We are acting under a broad mandate of international community, as defined by Resolutions of the UN Security Council and international conventions on combating terrorism. As states- candidates to the European Union and EU-associated states, we support the position of the Union and we feel particularly empowered to start regional initiatives furthering the values and goals of the united Europe. Thus, in the area of economy, we have to consider application of effective procedures and instruments to prevent money laundering and financing of terrorism. In the area of intelligence cooperation, we must facilitate bilateral contacts and co-operation. In the area of controlling the movement of persons and goods, we should adopt standards proposed by the European Union and focus our attention on homogenous methods of passport control and customs clearance. By adopting solutions which favour the development of regional co-operation instruments for prevention and combating international terrorism, we, as the region, have a chance to come up with ideas which can be a proposal to other regions, equally open as ours. They also will be available to be used by the countries bordering on our continent where terrorism has been present for a long time now. More than once in the history (also the recent one) was our part of Europe plagued by hatred and xenophobia. We have been able to overcome this disease, even if there was a heavy price to pay. Our painful experience in this respect should add strength to our resolve in fighting fanatic terrorism. It may also afford an opportunity to strengthen the ties between us, to overcome historical burdens in this part of Europe, to resolve problems inherited from the last decade. The response to the threats, and I want to say it very loudly in Warsaw, the response to the threats should be speeding up the European integration process as well as NATO enlargement by aspiring countries. Integration requires the same values, principles and procedures, which means that Europe is indeed becoming a common continent, where all of us enjoy security and development, but where we bear co-responsibility for our fate and share risk of fight against menace related to either one community, state, region, or the whole Europe and the world. Today we have an opportunity to try to reverse tragedy and suffering into wise strength! Thank you, Ladies and Gentlemen, for your coming to join in the dialogue. I am convinced that from here, from our meeting a great message of solidarity – solidarity in the fight against terrorism, fight against evil - will be sent today from this room. I wish you fruitful debate and I wish to invite all present representatives of states and international organisations to joint discussion. Thank you for you attention.- Final Text - Action Plan of the Warsaw Conference on Combating Terrorism November 6th, 2001 We, the Heads of State of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe participating in the Warsaw Conference on November 6th, 2001, hereafter referred to as the Participants, are determined to strengthen and unite our efforts in solidarity with the United States of America, other members of the North Atlantic Alliance and all those, who consider international terrorism as paramount threat of the 21st century. We have decided to give our full political support to this Action Plan. The Participants have discussed proposals of activities and initiatives of regional co-operation to be implemented in the fight against international terrorism. They support the efforts undertaken by NATO and the EU, and express their readiness and commitment to co-operate to the fullest extent possible. They have also agreed to recommend to their Governments and strongly support the initiatives and instruments (intelligence, police co-operation, elimination of terrorist financing sources), as follows: 1. Express interest in deepening co-operation enabling them to provide quick and effective information exchange on possible sources of international terrorism and on terrorist threats, and to make a better use of contact points established at international institutions or the services of liaison officers; 2. Accept and promote the use of forms and methods in the struggle against international terrorism in accordance with the EU regulations and UNSC resolutions: a) in the area of legislation, institutions and economy: adoption of procedures and instruments (compatible or identical with EUROPOL procedures and focusing on adoption of the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force – FATF and Egmont Group) to combat money laundering (co-operation between appropriate treasury and custom institutions), drug trafficking (co-operation of police and other state services), and increasing the level of international co-operation of these services; b) in the area of exchange of information and intelligence: strengthening of the co-operation among countries of anti-terrorist coalition on bilateral and multilateral bases. In addition to existing bilateral mechanisms of co-operation, we shall examine and analyse together the terrorists activities, including the means of joint gathering verifying and exchanging information and archive resources, and contribute to establishment of a uniform definition of „international terrorism”. Participants shall share their experience and knowledge regarding countries or groups suspected of being involved in international terrorism; c) in the area of the movement of persons, goods and information: on the basis of current EU proposals, elaboration of uniform methods of passport control and customs clearance (co-operation between border and immigration services and police), including protection against illegal migration and movements of the extremist groups through the territories of the Participants’ states; d) in institutional sphere: making a better use of the existing co-operation frameworks, such as SECI Regional Center for Combating Trans-Border Crime and other multilateral institutions. 3. Agree to consider the convocation of a Conference on Tolerance and Education on Multiculturalism. The long term objective of this Conference is to map and co-ordinate the activities of academic institutions and NGOs that concentrate on race tolerance; 4. Agree to consider the idea of creation the International Research Institute on Terrorism; 5. Relying on existing UN and other institutions, Participants shall consider the establishment of the Aid Foundation for victims of terrorism all over the world, which may also support research on terrorism. We shall exchange information about its activities; 6. Participants shall exchange their experiences in the area of anti-terrorist units and rescue teams training. While taking note of the existing international antiterrorist training courses, we have agreed to consider the establishment of the Training Centre for such units and teams from countries participating in the Warsaw Conference. The program of the Centre would be based upon experiences of the specialised anti-terrorist units of EAPC and OSCE countries. 7. Participants shall implement a system to monitor the problems of international terrorism. Authorised persons and institutions shall review and report to their Heads of State and relevant authorities on a regular basis about the progress on combating international terrorism.