Athens (2009) (excerpts)

Athens 2009 (Decisions: Decision No. 3/09 on Further Measures to Support and Promote the International Legal Framework against Terrorism) (excerpts)

The Ministerial Council,

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(…) welcoming the significant progress achieved in connection with participating States becoming
party to the 12 universal anti-terrorism conventions and protocols of 1963–1999,
as well as the progress in the signing and ratifying of the International Convention for the
Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (2005),

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Recognizing the need to implement the offence provisions from universal anti-terrorism conventions
and protocols into national criminal and, where applicable, also administrative and
civil legislation, making them punishable by appropriate penalties, in order to bring to justice
perpetrators, organizers, supporters and sponsors of terrorist acts within the rule of law
and facilitate international legal co-operation based on the principle “extradite or prosecute”,
as required by relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the universal anti-terrorism
instruments,

Recognizing also that OSCE participating States may require technical assistance in their efforts
with regard to the above,
Recognizing the important role that parliamentarians play in the ratification and national
legislative implementation of the universal anti-terrorism conventions and protocols,
Urges those OSCE participating States that have not yet done so to make every effort to become
party without delay to the 13 universal anti-terrorism conventions and protocols currently
in force and to fully implement their provisions;

Calls on OSCE participating States to consider becoming party to the Amendment to
the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (2005), the Protocol to the
Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation
(2005), and the Protocol to the Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the

Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf (2005) and to fully implement
their provisions thereafter;

Calls on OSCE participating States to consider becoming parties to regional and subregional
legal instruments related to terrorism, including to the Council of Europe Convention on the

Prevention of Terrorism;

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Calls on the OSCE participating States to strengthen inter-State co-operation in promoting
the universal anti-terrorism conventions and protocols through sharing technical expertise
and tasks the Secretary General with continuing to facilitate inter-State co-operation, including,
matching offers and requests for technical assistance between participating States;

Tasks the Secretary General and relevant OSCE executive structures, within available resources
with continuing to collaborate with the UNODC in strengthening the legal regime
against terrorism by promoting implementation of the universal counter-terrorism instruments,
in particular continuing to enhance and streamline, the support provided to the
UNODC Terrorism Prevention Programme with regard to:
• Awareness raising and helping build the political will of participating States to become party
to the universal anti-terrorism conventions and protocols;
• Providing technical assistance to requesting participating States in drafting anti-terrorism
criminal legislation;
• Training of judicial officials in international legal co-operation in criminal matters related
to terrorism;

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