Turkey's role in strengthening international cooperation on counter-terrorism and its cooperation with regional and international institutions was discussed at the U.N. Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group, which took place in Geneva on Tuesday.
"Regardless of its ground and target, terrorism is regarded as a crime against humanity within the framework of our main approaches in the field of international counter-terrorism," Ministry of Interior Deputy Undersecretary Aziz Yıldırım said at U.N. office in Geneva. Underlining Turkey's efforts to combat terrorism, Yıldırım said that Turkey has ratified all U.N. agreements within the context of counter-terrorism along with the U.S., and has undertaken the co-chairmanship of the Global Counter-terrorism Forum (GCTF), which was established in 2011.
Yıldırım added that Turkey has ratified the Council of Europe's Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism in 2012, and also assumes the co-chairmanship of the Horn of Africa Working Group for Yemen with the E.U. and carries out the relevant activities. He also stressed that in order to help counter-terrorism activities, Turkey has been sharing background information and experience with regional countries and various countries at a global level via training activities.