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State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov will attend the third annual G8 heads of parliament conference in Chicago
State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov will attend the third annual G8 heads of parliament conference in Chicago (U.S.), a spokesman for the State Duma said. Two main topics will be discussed at the conference: ensuring the uninterrupted work of the parliaments during crises (terrorist attacks, military actions) and strengthening the institutions that support parliamentary activity. Mr. Gryzlov will also raise the issue of the role of G8 parliaments in the fight against terrorism. He said that the international community could only fight terrorists through common efforts and that it will only be efficient if parliamentarians are involved. "Today, parliamentarians, each in his own country, are duty bound to become the primary support for society by developing a strong and efficient system for combating this dangerous evil of our days," Mr. Gryzlov's draft statement said. "In regard to this," he continued, "we must, unfortunately, call attention to double standards in assessing terrorist activity when terrorists, who are known not only to us but to the entire world and are guilty of bloodshed in Russia, receive overt protection from our partners in antiterrorism coalition, which manifests itself as political asylum, comfortable conditions for continuing to undermine Russia and the change to speak in parliaments. "I must mention the obviously anti-Russian position which the newly elected deputies of the European Parliament have begun to take by forming a deputies group in support of Chechen separatism. "Countering international terrorism must become the G8's top priority ... We expect real actions to be made to close foreign centers used to finance and run terrorist organizations." The 2005 G8 summit will be held in Britain. Russia will host the G8 summit in 2006.
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