Brussels (2006) (excerpts)

Brussels 2006 (Ministerial Statement on Supporting and Promoting the International Legal Framework against Terrorism) (excerpts)

We, the members of the Ministerial Council of the OSCE, reaffirm our strong determination
to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, as a crime that has no justification,
whatever its motivation or origin and to continue and reinforce OSCE counter-terrorism activities
in line with existing OSCE commitments.


We are convinced of the importance of reinforcing the international legal framework against
terrorism, comprised of the universal conventions and protocols related to the prevention and
the suppression of terrorism, relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions, the recently
adopted United Nations Global Counter‑Terrorism Strategy, as well as regional and bilateral
legal instruments related to terrorism.

We call on the OSCE participating States to implement the relevant United Nations Security
Council resolutions regarding the fight against terrorism.
We welcome the significant progress achieved in the participating States’ compliance with the
Bucharest Ministerial commitment to become party to the 12 anti‑terrorism conventions and
protocols, with 46 participating States being party to all 12 instruments that are currently in

We call on those OSCE participating States which have not yet done so to make every effort to
become party without delay to the universal conventions and protocols against terrorism currently
in force, and to implement them, in particular through criminalization of related offences
in their national legislation.

We reiterate our call on the OSCE participating States to consider becoming parties
to the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism and
the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, as well as the
United Nations Convention against Corruption, and support continuing efforts to adopt a
comprehensive convention on international terrorism on terms that advance the international
community’s counter‑terrorism objectives.

We call on participating States to consider becoming parties to regional and subregional legal
instruments related to terrorism or legal co‑operation in criminal matters adopted by organizations
to which we belong, as well as — whenever appropriate to fill gaps in existing legal instruments
— to conclude bilateral agreements on mutual legal assistance and extradition, in
order to be able to co‑operate fully, in accordance with the rules applicable under domestic
and international law, in efforts to find and to bring to justice perpetrators, organizers, supporters
and sponsors of terrorist acts, on the basis of the principle to extradite or prosecute.

We also will continue to develop interaction and dialogue on the issues of preventing and
combating terrorism with the Mediterranean and Asian Partners for Co-operation.