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Global anti-terror strategy priority for world parliaments — Russian MP

November 16, 2015, 16:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"Parliamentarians should raise their voice despite differences in approaches to other issues," Ilyas Umakhanov says
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Russia's Federation Council's Deputy Speaker Ilyas Umakhanov

Russia's Federation Council's Deputy Speaker Ilyas Umakhanov

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MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. World parliaments will be urged to launch global strategy against terrorism in a move scheduled for debate by Russia's Federation Council parliamentary upper house on Wednesday, Deputy Speaker Ilyas Umakhanov said on Monday.

The draft appeal mooted at a Monday joint session of the committees for international affairs and defense is to urge parliamentarians globally to reject double standards, stop dividing states into good or bad and ally work at the legislative level "to develop global anti-terrorism strategy".

"An international syndicate of terrorists exists since long" but there was no international system for fighting it, he said. "Parliamentarians should raise their voice despite differences in approaches to other issues," Umakhanov added.

International Affairs Committee chairman Konstantin Kosachev said the appeal was prompted directly by Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. But they were not the only focal point of Monday's discussion, he said, noting that such attacks were seen of late in several countries, notably Turkey, Lebanon and Kenya.

There was no doubt that many such strikes, including those carried out in Russia, had foreign roots and international financial support, making effort taken only at a national level inadequate, the lawmaker said, adding: "Efficiency grows if broad international co-operation is established."

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