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Statement Upon Release of Patterns of Global Terrorism 2000

Secretary Colin L. Powell
Remarks at roll out of annual report
Washington, DC
April 30, 2001

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and I'm very pleased to be here to here to participate in the rollout of "Patterns of Global Terrorism" annual report.

The tragic loss of American sailors in the bombing of the USS Cole, the hostage-takings in Ecuador and the Philippines, and the many threats that surrounded the new millennium drew media attention and official concern about terrorism in the year 2000. Such attention and concern was fitting. The year 2000 was certainly not a year without the scourge of terrorism upon the face of the earth. But this should not obscure the basic message of today's report. International cooperation against terrorism is increasing and it is paying off.

The year 2000 saw a number of events that mark this successful progress, this cooperation between agencies and nations. For example, last December the United Nations Security Council levied additional sanctions in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1333 against the Taliban for allowing terrorist camps to operate on Afghanistan territory and for harboring Usama bin Laden.

Second, the trial began that led to an eventual conviction in the 1988 bombing of Pam Am 103.

Next, the accused perpetrators and co-conspirators in the East Africa embassy bombings were also brought to trial in New York City.

The continuing investigation of the bombing of the USS Cole, a probe that involved a wide number of countries, has thus far been productive and continues to move forward.

A thwarted attempt by the Ahmed Ressam clique to carry explosives across the US-Canadian border disrupted plans for a terrorist attack.

The international community also showed support for the UN Convention Against Terrorist Financing. This is the 12th time the United Nations has acted formally in this way, taking one more important step towards shutting down terrorist acts around the world.

Each of these events has a common thread -- active and intensive cooperation in the international community. That community rallied to maintain pressure on Libya and ensure that suspects were brought to trial. It gave important help to finding and bringing to trial those accused of attacking our embassies in East Africa. This help crossed many borders and involved many nations, and it sent a strong message to the Taliban through the United Nations.

These successes mean that we are achieving the basic objectives of the United States counter-terrorism strategy -- isolation of countries and groups that support terrorism, disruption of terrorist planning and operations, sharing of information, and the apprehension and trial of perpetrators. These objectives are shared by many of our partners throughout the world.

We have increased our cooperation with a number of countries and regions. We maintain strong working relationships with many of our allies in the Middle East, including Jordan, Egypt and Israel, and we look to expanding partnerships in the Arabian Peninsula. We are reaching out to the Central Asian states. We continue to work closely with India. And we work through multilateral organizations such as the UN, the G-8, and a number of others.

The results are clear: state sponsors of terrorism are increasingly isolated; terrorist groups are under growing pressure; terrorists are being brought to justice. We will not let up. But we must also be aware of the nature of the threat before us. Terrorism is a persistent disease. Many of you have heard me speak of the positive side of globalization, but terrorism shows the dark side as it exploits the easing of travel restrictions, the improvements of communication or the internationalization of banking and finance, making it easier for terrorists to do some of their work.

And so the fight goes on. Just as we acknowledge successes today, we know that there will be new challenges and, yes, some setbacks tomorrow. But we continue to reduce our vulnerability and, above all, to renew our determination -- our determination to confront and combat an ever present danger to international peace and innocent lives. And so we release this report, and I call it to your attention.

Thank you very much.

Released on April 30, 2001

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