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US missed bigger picture in veto against terrorist threat resolution

  • Nuri Widiastuti Veronika and Pribadi Sutiono

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Melbourne/Jakarta   /   Fri, September 11, 2020   /  09:52 am
US missed bigger picture in veto against terrorist threat resolution The chamber of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in New York. (Shutterstock.com/Andrea Izzotti)

The last day of presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in 2020 left a grim memory for Indonesia, as well as like-minded countries, as the United States vetoed the draft resolution on prosecution, rehabilitation and reintegration (PRR) of terrorists. Gaining support from 14 members, an opportunity for a comprehensive approach to tackle terrorism and violent extremism has been missed by the veto. The aim of the resolution was to address the prosecution, rehabilitation and reintegration of terrorists, including foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) and their accompanying family members. The US vetoed it because it failed to include a provision regarding the repatriation of FTFs to their countries of origin or nationality. The veto could have dire repercussions for the relationships among current UNSC members and their efforts to address the terrorism threat that has been...

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