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MOSCOW, October 26. /TASS/. Russia believes it is necessary to enhance the central role of the United Nations in fighting against terrorism, says an address of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the guests and participants in the meeting on the occasion of UN Day. The address was read out by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.
"I cordially greet you on the occasion of a solemn meeting dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. World War II came to an end 7 decades ago, and the Allied nations joined forces to lay the foundations of international relations for many years to come," the address says. "The UN designed to support peace and security on the planet was established. The UN Charter enshrined such basic principles of international law as the sovereign equality of states, non-interference in their internal affairs, peaceful resolution of disputes and the right of the peoples to determine their own destiny."
"Over the years, the UN has convincingly proved its relevance making it possible to avoid the horrors of new world wars, create favorable conditions for the collapse of the colonial system, for the appearance of the current variety of countries and the social and economic development. The UN plays a key role in ensuring the global security as well as in settling regional conflicts and crises," the president noted, adding that Russia "as one of the UN founding member-countries had made a significant contribution to the work of the organization in all these areas."
"We believe it is necessary to continue strengthening the central and coordinating role of the United Nations in world affairs, above all, in combating terrorism as the main global threat, to support the organization’s work to ensure the sustainable development and promotion of the inter-civilizational dialogue," the address says. "The time has come to take joint effort to overhaul the international situation on the basis of shared responsibility for the future of humanity and the return to the culture of finding a compromise. Only such approach will contribute to finding effective response to the challenges of the 21st century."