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UN thanks Russia for large role in anti-terrorism fight

April 09, 2014, 15:52 UTC+3 SOCHI
High-placed security officials also determined and agreed on further ways to improve co-operation in ensuring security at major international events
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SOCHI, April 09. /ITAR-TASS/. Chiefs of security services and law enforcement agencies of foreign countries which are partners of Russia’s Federal Security Service said at a meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi that Russian law enforcement agencies had made a major contribution in the fight against international terrorism.

High-ranking security officials of many countries named gunmen who passed training in Afghanistan-Pakistan zone of hostilities and focal points in the Middle East and North Africa as the most dangerous terrorist threat.

The international community focuses on current situation in Afghanistan and the need to fight terrorism and drug trafficking, Director of the Executive Committee of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) Regional Counter-Terrorism Structure Zhang Xinfeng said.

“Spread of religious extremism also poses a major threat for our region. We also noted that comers from our countries participate in military conflicts in Syria and this also causes concerns,” Xinfeng told reporters. He believes that continued co-operation with the Federal Security Service will help law enforcement agencies of the SCO states to counteract these threats.

Nicaraguan Interior Minister Ana Isabel Morales Mazon also believes that meetings of security officials are very important. “For us the problem of terrorism is not so acute as the problem of drug trafficking and destruction of drug making bases,” she noted.

The United Nations Organisation also noted Russia’s important role in the fight against international terrorism. Director of the UN working group on counter-terrorism measures Jehangir Khan thanked Russian government for this work.

Security chiefs also summed up results of co-operation between security services and law enforcement agencies at the XXII Winter Olympic Games and the XI Winter Paralympic Games in the city of Sochi last February. High-placed security officials also determined and agreed on further ways to improve co-operation in ensuring security at major international events. The participants in the meeting have adopted a communiqu· saying that they were prepared to use the forum potential to search for the most effective models of partnership in the fight against expansion of terrorism and extremism.

Chiefs of security services and law enforcement agencies of the Federal Security Service partner states will hold a next meeting in Russia in 2015.

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