United Nations General Assembly Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

9 September 2011

At the invitation of His Excellency President DEISS, President of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Member States were invited to the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations Headquarters in New York this Friday September 9th, 2011, to commemorate the victims of the horrifying terrorist attacks against the United States which occurred ten years ago, on September 11th, 2001, in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.

A special tribute was offered to the more than three thousand victims and their families and those who lost their lives in the aftermath of the attacks.

As it did ten years ago, the Principality of Monaco stands in solidarity with the people and the Government of the Host country of the United Nations to defend the very values enshrined in the Charter that went under attack.

On this day of remembrance, it reaffirms its unswerving commitment and its undeterred resolve to fight terrorism.

Terrorism constitutes a threat to international peace and security. All acts, methods and practices of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations are criminal and unjustifiable, wherever and by whomsoever committed.

General Assembly and Security Council resolutions, international and regional anti-terrorist legal instruments, and the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, constitute the framework for the international community to prevent and suppress terrorism, enhance cooperation, hold accountable and bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of terrorist acts, as well as those responsible for aiding, supporting or harboring them.

In spite of the international community's efforts, acts of terrorism persist worldwide and cause indescribable suffering and despair to innocent people. To those criminals the message is clear: we will not waver in our determination to eliminate all forms of terrorism and we will do so by abiding by the fundamental principles of human rights and the rule of law.

Monaco commends the resilience of all the communities affected on 9/11 for they did not succumb to fear. Their strength and courage in the face of adversity remind us of our common humanity and the richness of our differences.