UN Member States Interested in the “Zhusan” Operation

NEW YORK, June 29, 2019 - A documentary film about the Zhusan Operation and a video message from one of the women who returned to Kazakhstan from Syria elicited a lively response from the participants. The event themed “Synergy among Developing Countries for a World Free from Terrorism and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", organized by the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the UN and the UN Counter-Terrorism Office in New York, was attended by over 100 representatives from 50 states and international organizations under the UN.

The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss mechanisms for coordinating joint efforts to effectively combat terrorism at the national, regional and global levels. There was an exchange of experience and concrete proposals on how sustainable development can help in the fight against terrorism.

Kazakh Ambassador Kairat Umarov spoke about the practical steps taken by the government in combating the root causes of terrorism. He stressed the interdependence of security, counter-terrorism and development, and said that Kazakhstan is making its specific contribution to resolving these issues by creating in Almaty a pilot UN Interregional Center on Sustainable Development Goals for the countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan.

Under-Secretary-General, the head of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office, Vladimir Voronkov, in his speech expressed his gratitude to Kazakhstan for its persistent leadership and high commitment to the fight against terrorism. He said Kazakhstan's initiative to adopt a Code of Conduct towards Achieving a World Free of Terrorism is a significant contribution to strengthening international cooperation in countering terrorism. The novelty of the Code is to coordinate collective action to combat this global evil through enhanced social and economic development. Kazakhstan has become one of the few countries in the world that have evacuated its citizens from the conflict zone and have been actively working to ensure they return to a normal life.

Specifically for the meeting, one of the Kazakh women, who returned from Syria as part of the Zhusan Operation, recorded a video message shown to the participants of the event. The 25-year-old Aida Sarina shared her memories of how she came to Syria and spoke about the difficult life conditions among the militants. She expressed sincere thanks to the government of Kazakhstan for the opportunity to return to her homeland. “After the death of my husband, I was simply struggling for survival ... Falling asleep at night, I didn't know if I would wake up in the morning. It was like in a trap. We slept on the damp earth in the open air. Every day, children died in the arms of their mothers, who were unable to help them," said Aida Sarina. “When I saw rescuers from Kazakhstan with my own eyes, I realized that we were not abandoned ... There were women from France, Germany and other countries next to me. I remember that they looked with envy at us and asked us to find out if Kazakhstan could take them or at least their children out of Syria. I could not help these women in any way," she recalled.

In her address, Aida Sarina also stated that she is ready to become a fighter against terrorism. “Yes, I am a victim of terrorism. But now I want to become a fighter against terrorism, to be a part of this great goal and to make my own contribution. I want to be the voice of all women who suffered from terrorism!" she said.

It is symbolic that on the same day, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution “Enhancement of international cooperation to assist victims of terrorism", urging all Member States to develop comprehensive assistance plans for victims of terrorism, in accordance with national legislation and with respect to gender dimension.

The main speakers of the event included the Head of the UN Economic and Social Council, Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Inga Rhonda King, next Chairman of the UN General Assembly, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Chairman of the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre and the OIC Group on Counter-Terrorism to the UN, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia Abdallah Y. Al-Mouallimi, and the Ambassadors of Afghanistan, Egypt, Uzbekistan and the African Union.

During the event, Inga Rhonda King, on behalf of her country, signed the Code of Conduct towards Achieving a World Free of Terrorism initiated by the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, which means Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have joined the global counter-terrorism coalition, which now numbers over 80 states.

Created at : 30.06.2019, 18:00, Updated at : 30.06.2019, 18:00