Fight against Terrorism
Austria Seeks Full Cooperation With Other States and UN Bodies Involved in Counter-Terrorism
Austrian citizens were shocked and devastated by the heinous terror attacks against the United States on 11 September 2001. The Austrian Government responded immediately by condemning the attacks and pledging to actively contribute to the international fight against terrorism. Referring to Austria's status as a neutral country, the Austrian Federal Chancellor declared: "There can be no neutrality in the fight against terrorism".
Since the fall of 2001, Austria has implemented an array of national measures to strengthen its capacity in the prevention of terrorism. On 15 April 2002 Austria ratified the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, thereby becoming one of the first States to have ratified all 12 UN-Conventions against terrorism.
One of the central issues of Austrian policy in this field is the full cooperation with other States and UN bodies involved in counter-terrorism. Austria works to promote the whole range of UN action against terrorism. It has timely submitted all its national reports according to Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001) to the Counter-Terrorism-Committee (CTC). Austria strongly supports the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) based in Vienna, including its Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB). The TPB is rendering most valuable assistance to Member States in implementing national legislation required by Resolution 1373 and building national capacity.