|Updated: 02-Apr-2004||NATO Press Releases|
2 Apr. 2004
Declaration on Terrorism
Issued at the Meeting of the North Atlantic Council
The 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.
We 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.
Defence 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.
In the 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. These measures should include:
We also direct the Council in Permanent Session to enhance our cooperation with:
We look 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.