The director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure Yevgeny Sysoyev: ISIL looking to create new quasi-state in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Central Asia
The director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure Yevgeny Sysoyev gave an interview to Interfax in which he discussed threats that Russia and the world face in the light of ISIL‘s transformation, as well as the structure‘s achievements in the fight against terrorism.Question: Mr. Sysoyev, What meetings and events did the agenda of the visit to New York include? What issues were discussed?
Answer: We went to New York to speak at a joint meeting of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee and the Security Council‘s committees for sanctions against the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban movement [all banned in Russia]. The invitation to host a briefing came fr om the chairman of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committees, Kazakh Permanent Representative to the UN Kairat Umarov, personally.
During the almost hour-and-a-half briefing, I tried to bring to the attention of representatives of the UN Security Council member states, as well as officers of the Executive Directorate of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee and the monitoring group of the UN Security Council counter-terrorism Sanctions Committees, information about the organization and state of work of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure to counter terrorism and extremism, as well as its results.
I also had bilateral meetings with the Under-Secretary-General and head of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, Vladimir Voronkov, the Deputy Director of the Executive Directorate of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, Weixiong Chen, and the new monitoring group coordinator, Edmund Fitton-Brown.
The talks addressed present-day challenges and threats to regional and international security, specific forms and areas of practical interaction, and ways to develop our cooperation further.
Q.: Were there working contacts with U.S. representatives? Has an information exchange channel been established with U.S. security services?
A.: Presently, there are no contacts with representatives of U.S. security services within the framework of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure.
Q.: What is your assessment of the level of cooperation between the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure and the United Nations?
A.: It is rather high. Throughout its history, the SCO has always underscored the priority of the UN‘s coordinating role and international law. Given this, I would like to note the consistent and dynamic development of cooperation with the UN. For instance, in 2004, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution granting the SCO observer status, and later, five more resolutions and a joint declaration on cooperation between the two organizations.
In 2011 and 2012, the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure formalized relations with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the Executive Directorate of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee.
Since that time, our experts have been annually taking part in various visits to SCO member states to monitor the fulfillment and assist in the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1373, 1624, and 2178. I am pleased that their activity invariably gets high assessments fr om the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate.
Moreover, representatives of relevant sections of the UN and the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure regularly and on a mutual basis take part in conferences, congresses, and working meetings that our organizations put together. They also exchange methodological materials and information reviews.
In recent years it has become a tradition for the director of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure Executive Committee to take part in UN General Assembly sessions, as well as special joint UN-SCO events on its sidelines, as well as bilateral negotiations with the UN leadership. For example, meetings with Under-Secretary-Generals Jeffrey Feltman, Yury Fedotov, and Vladimir Voronkov took place in 2016-2017.
Contacts between the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure and the Office of Counter-Terrorism, a new division of the UN created on the initiative of Ant