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MOSCOW, October 3 (Itar-Tass) — The 11th conference of chiefs of secrets services, security and law-enforcement bodies that focuses on the joint actions in combating terrorism opened in the Russian capital on Wednesday.
The Public Relations Centre of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) told Itar-Tass that taking part in the conference are 100 delegates from 66 countries and representatives of four international organisations. The meeting focuses on issue of countering radicalisation of the population and ensuring international information security.
In addition, the meeting participants will continue to share the experience in ensuring security of major international events, especially the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Such a meeting, which has no analogues in the world was for the first time held in Russia 10 years ago - in St. Petersburg in March 2002, a little more than six months after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City, when the international community for the first time realised the real threat of international terrorism. The first meeting was attended by over 100 representatives of intelligence services of 39 states and then it was decided to hold such meetings regularly.
The previous such forum gathered in St. Petersburg last year 93 delegations from 63 countries.
Then Director of the Federal Security Service of Russia Alexander Bortnikov proposed to create a joint expert working group to share information about possible threats in the period of preparations for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Over the past 6 years, security services of different countries have developed a successful scheme of exchanging information on possible threats during major international events. It was first used in 2004 during the 28th Summer Olympic Games in Athens.
Since then, these meetings have gained almost official international status, as during the past 7 years the Russian FSB at the annual briefing at the UN delivers a report on the results of such meetings and they are regarded as an important contribution to international cooperation in the fight against terrorism. It is not accidentally that the recent meetings are regularly attended by representatives of the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the UN Security Council, as well as Committees in 1267 and 1540 of the UN Security Council, established after the US terrorist attack. Their regular participants are also representatives of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), the CIS Antiterrorism Centre and the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator.
One of the major initiatives at these meetings was Russia’s initiative to establish an international databank of persons and organisations involved in terrorism, to which security services of different countries can connect and the information in it will be updated in a real time regime. The presentation of the databank was held a few years ago, a number of countries have already joined it.
In addition to general reports on the status of anti-terrorism security and experience of intelligent services of different countries in the fight against terrorism, at this forum organised by Russia, security services of different countries have the opportunity to establish bilateral contacts and to plan joint activities in that or other sphere of combating terrorism.