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Russian ambassador tells UN Security Council of steps against terrorist ideology

"Russia invites clerics, highly respected theologians and leading experts in the field of law and religion to troubleshooting efforts as part of the struggle with terrorism," Vitaly Churkin said
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UNITED NATIONS, May 12. /TASS/. Russia attaches priority attention to an efficacious rebuffing of the terrorist ideology and to prevention of a growth of radicalism in society, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin said on Wednesday at a meeting of the Security Council.

"These tasks have acquired a particularly acute character in the wake of an unprecedented propagandist and promotional campaign unfolded by the global terrorist community led by the Islamic State and Jabhat Al-Nousra groupings," he said.

"Russia traditionally invites clerics, highly respected theologians and leading experts in the field of law and religion to troubleshooting efforts as part of the struggle with terrorism," Churkin said. "The government gives the necessary support to public associations, the activity of which seeks to raise the standards of inter-denominational and inter-ethnic trust."

He called the attention of Security Council members to the ethnic and cultural events, as well as the social programmes, including inter-regional forums of young people in North Caucasus.

As an instance of this, he cited the project titled ‘Peace to Children in the Caucasus’ and an international theological conference of Russian, CIS and African clerics.

"Introduction of the Basics of Religious Culture and Secular Ethics as an academic discipline at Russian general schools has proved to be a fruitful measure," Churkin said. "Also, we regularly publish the explanations of the criminal essence of terrorist organizations at various websites and portals."

He underlined the importance of putting up a powerful barrier to the ideology of terrorism and welcomed the decision of the UN Security Council to draft a framework strategy of counteraction to the propaganda conducted by the Islamic State, Al Qaida and the accomplices.

"Russia will take an active part in drafting the document," Churkin said.

Russia calls for putting up reliable barrier to terrorist ideology

Russia believes it is important for the world community to accumulate resources and experience of the world community for putting up a reliable barrier to terrorist ideology, Churkin said. 

He indicated that the growth of radicalism in recent years was largely fed by an unprecedented surge of terrorist propaganda that targeted first and foremost the young and the socially disturbed strata of the population.

"It (the terrorist propaganda) is acquiring ever more new forms and adapting to the technological capabilities of our times, including the Internet," Churkin said.

"The terrorists are spreading the erosive ideology of intolerance and violence that does not have anything to do with whatever religion," he said. "Nonetheless, the unfortunate fact is that the ideology enjoys demand and this is proved by the scale, on which foreign militants are recruited to the Islamic State and the terrorist groupings affiliated with it."

"There is a need for efficacious recipes of how to react to these dangerous tendencies," Churkin said, adding that preventives steps should be embedded organically into a broader context of antiterrorist efforts.

"It is important to do this work with due reliance on international law and resolutions of the UN Security Council without double standards and the division of terrorists into good and bad ones," Churkin said.

He welcomed a statement the Security Council had adopted at Egypt’s initiative, saying: "It pts proper accents on the relevant priorities of the Security Council in the field of struggle with terrorism."

In line with the document, instructions have been given to the Antiterrorist Committee to draft a comprehensive international framework strategy with a set of recommendations for counteracting to the faked ideology of the Islamic State and Al Qaida and the terrorist groups related to it, Churkin said.

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