[AfrICANN-discuss] From UNGA -- Cyber crime

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 15:18:31 SAST 2007

New York, Sep 25 2007 11:00PM
The international community should step up its efforts to defeat cyber
crime, starting by acceding to an international convention on the issue and
eventually building to the development of a globally negotiated and
comprehensive law of cyberspace, <"
Toomas Hendrik Ilves told the General Assembly tonight.

Mr. Ilves said his country's experience in April and May this year in coping
with an extensive cyber attack highlighted both the dangers faced and the
value of cooperation.

"Cyber attacks are a clear example of contemporary asymmetrical threats to
security," he said at the annual high-level debate. "They make it possible
to paralyze a society, with limited means, and at a distance. In the future,
cyber attacks may in the hands of criminals or terrorists become a
considerably more widespread and dangerous weapon than they are at present."

The President said the threat posed by cyber attacks was often
underestimated because they have so far not resulted in the loss of any
lives and many attacks are not publicized for security reasons.

He called for cyber crimes to be defined internationally and generally
condemned in the way that terrorism or human trafficking is denounced.

"Fighting against cyber warfare is in the interests of us all without
exception," Mr. Ilves said, calling on all countries to accede to the
Convention on Cyber Crime of the Council of Europe. The pact is also open
for accession to non-members of the Council of Europe.

The President welcomed the launch of the Global Cybersecurity Agenda of the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and said the UN should serve as
the "neutral and legitimate forum" for the eventual creation of a globally
negotiated and comprehensive law of cyberspace.

Meanwhile, in his address, the President of the <"
Republic of Macedonia, Branko Crvenkovski, emphasized the
importance of regional cooperation and voiced support for international
efforts to resolve the status of Kosovo, a Serbian province that has been
under UN administration since 1999.

The issue should be dealt with "within a reasonable timeframe, in the best
interests of the stability in the region and its Euro-Atlantic perspective,"
he said.

At the same time, he said his country does not agree "with the recently
mentioned idea of partition of Kosovo along ethnic lines, since this may
provoke serious negative implications for the entire region."

He added that the demarcation of his country's northern border with Kosovo
"according to a predefined procedure and agenda" remains a priority for the
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