Declaration on Terrorism
Declaration on Terrorism
Issued at the
Meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Foreign Ministers Session held in
Brussels on 2 April 2004.
Source: NATO Press Release (2004)057, Brussels, April
atrocities perpetrated in Madrid last month have once again shown the acute
threat posed by terrorism to innocent people around the world. We extend our
deepest sympathy to the families of those killed in the attacks in Madrid, to
those who were wounded, and to all the people of Spain. As our governments
condemned the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001, and in Istanbul in
2003, we also condemn these and other murderous acts of terrorism, including
those recently committed in Iraq and Uzbekistan.
categorically reject terrorism, whatever its motivations, forms or
manifestations. We are resolved to fight together, for as long as necessary,
this scourge, which challenges the values that unite us, most particularly
freedom founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule
of law. The Alliance provides an essential transatlantic dimension to the
response against terrorism, which requires the closest possible cooperation of
North America and Europe. Our approach to terrorism, and its causes, will
include the full implementation of UNSCR 1373 on the fight against terrorism and
will continue to be multifaceted and comprehensive, including political,
diplomatic, economic and, where necessary, military means.
against terrorism may include activities by NATO’s military forces, based on
decisions by the North Atlantic Council, to help deter, defend, disrupt and
protect against terrorist attacks, or threat of attacks, directed from abroad,
against populations, territory, infrastructure and forces of any member state,
including by acting against these terrorists and those who harbour them. Any
operations undertaken in the defence against terrorism will have a sound legal
basis and fully conform with the relevant provisions of the United Nations
Charter and all relevant international norms and standards.
Active Endeavour, recently expanded to cover the entire Mediterranean, is
demonstrating in practical terms how the Alliance can bring its expertise and
capabilities to bear in the fight against terrorism. The Alliance has made a
robust contribution to international security and stability, including through
its operations in the Balkans and Afghanistan, which are helping to create
conditions so that terrorism cannot flourish.
international community’s fight against terrorism, more can and should be done.
We therefore direct that an enhanced set of measures, building on those agreed
by the Alliance Heads of State and Government at Prague in November 2002, be
prepared for the Summit in Istanbul in June.
measures should include:
intelligence sharing between Allies, including through the recently established
Terrorist Threat Intelligence Unit, which should be fully operational by the
time of the Istanbul Summit; we must also intensify exchanges of information and
intelligence with other international organisations and with the Partners;
response to national requests for NATO support (e.g. through the Euro-Atlantic
Disaster Response Coordination Centre and use of NATO chemical, biological,
radiological and nuclear defence assets) to help protect against and
following a terrorist incident;
NATO assistance with security for selected major events, such as Euro 2004 in
Portugal, and the Athens Olympics;
further the contribution of Operation Active Endeavour to the fight against
terrorism and examining possible ways of support between Operation Active
Endeavour and the Proliferation Security Initiative;
the continued determination of Allies to address the threat posed by terrorist
use of civil aircraft;
capabilities to defend against terrorist attacks.
- We also
direct the Council in Permanent Session to enhance our cooperation with:
Partners and the Mediterranean Dialogue countries, through the implementation of
the Partnership Action Plan against Terrorism and exercises and training;
- Russia in
the framework of the NATO-Russia Council, building on the conference in Norfolk
to be held on 5 April, in particular through further exercises;
- the United
Nations, the OSCE and other international organisations. The concerted
multifaceted response of the international community is especially important;
European Union. We will actively pursue our consultations and exchange of
information on terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in
particular in relation to consequence management and the proposed co-sponsored
seminar on terrorism, with the EU following our meeting with the EU Foreign
Ministers on 4 December 2003. We welcome the European Council’s Declaration on
Combating Terrorism of 25 March 2004.
forward to the Summit in Istanbul as an opportunity for the Alliance to renew
its commitment at the highest level to the fight against terrorism. In the
meantime, elements of the new package that are ready in advance of the Summit
will be put in place expeditiously.