Widely praised for his leadership through the nation’s most massive terrorist attack, cleanup and rescue efforts, Mayor Giuliani spoke at the opening meeting of the forum on international terrorism.
“The United Nations must hold accountable any country that supports or condones terrorism or you will fail in your primary mission as peacekeepers,” he told the 189-nation plenary meeting.
Echoing President Bush’s statements that there is no room for any nation to remain neutral on terrorists, he said “Look at that destruction, that massive, senseless cruel loss of human life. And then I ask you to look in your hearts and recognize that there is no room for neutrality on the issue of terrorism. You’re either with civilization or with terrorists.”
Giuliani is the first New York City mayor to address the General Assembly since 1952, when Mayor Vincent Impellitteri spoke at the opening of the new U.N. building in New York City.
Today’s meeting is the first global forum on international terrorism since the September 11 attacks that killed more than 6,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
Following Giuliani’s speech, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan told the Assembly, “Out of evil can come good. The task now is build on that wave of human solidarity, to ensure that the momentum is not lost, to develop a broad, comprehensive and, above all, sustaining strategy to combat terrorism and eradicate it from our world.”
Annan said he hopes the U.N. will implement a treaty that would launch a global campaign against terrorists and new measures against weapons of mass destruction.
Before the plenary meeting, the 15-nation Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 1373 which requires all 189 U.N. member nations to stop the flow of money to terrorists and share any information on terrorist activities.
The newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., John D. Negroponte, is expected to deliver his first speech to the General Assembly which will debate anti-terrorist measures over the next five days.