Resolution on Combating Terrorism and Other Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

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madam chairperson ministers excellencies
ladies and gentlemen I’m honored to join you today at the adoption of this
resolution on combating terrorism and other acts of violence based on religion
or belief we offer our thanks to Turkey for taking the initiative to bring us
together for this timely and important discussion before I begin we offer our
condolences to the people and the government of New Zealand in the wake of
the horrific terrorist attacks on the Muslim community in Christchurch last
month we stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their
government against this act of hate as Secretary of State Pompeo said no one
should have to fear such violence in their place of worship our thoughts and
prayers continue to be with the victims and families of the attack the mosque
attacks in Christchurch were a powerful reminder to all of us the terrorism
knows no bounds holds no one ideology and that no part of the world is immune
from its unacceptable and repugnant expression of hate many of us in this
room represent nations whose people have been victims of terrorist attacks
Americans know all too well the pain of such attacks most recently with the
attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh the azita’s and Christians
victimized by Isis also know this pain opposing this terrorism unites countries
around the world while we’ve made progress in our fight against terrorism
we must remain vigilant together we must continue to fight terrorism in all its
forms wherever it exists organized terrorist groups are coordinating and
conducting attacks around the world in this context keeping people safe from
terrorism requires a coordinated whole of society strategy that includes
defeating violent ideologies preventing terrorist radicalization and when
possible rehabilitating those who have been committed to violent extremism
governments cannot do this alone civil society and private sector must
also be part of the solution the US government is committed to preventing
and countering violent extremism the White House recently released the
national strategy for terrorism which stresses the importance
of public communications and diplomacy to strengthen partnerships in civil
society creating successful prevention and D radicalization architecture
requires putting in place policies and programs to confront the influence of
radical terrorist ideologies this means building local resilience to ideologies
that are discriminatory exclusionary and intolerant through inclusive rights
respecting governance and education that develops critical thinking and respect
for the religious and cultural practices of others in addition it means promoting
credible voices that have the authority and legitimacy to discredit those of
terrorists and radicalize errs this is not easy we face a complex diffuse and
formidable global threat but with partnerships international cooperation
hard work and commitment we can and we must achieve sustained victory in our
shared fight against terrorism I thank you for your attention Amriki Hotel caramel on Alamo Mozilla to
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