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The fight against terrorism was the main theme of Sergei Lavrov's speech in New York
The fight against terrorism was the main theme of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's speech at the 59th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. The minister said that readiness for honest cooperation in fighting terror with no double standards has become a key criterion of our relations with any state. "The time has come to renounce double standards once and for all when it comes to terror no matter what slogans it uses," he said. "Those who slaughtered children in Beslan and hijacked the planes to attack the U.S. are creatures of the same breed." He emphasized: "Harboring terrorists, their connivers and sponsors undermines the unity and mutual trust among participants in the anti-terrorist front, justifies actions of terrorists and actually encourages them to commit the same crimes in other countries. ... Attempts to use the fight against terrorism in various geopolitical games are all the more counterproductive and risky." "The global nature of the terrorist threat testifies that security in today's world is indivisible," he said. "Consequently, we must bear collective responsibility for making the world secure." "In three years that have passed since the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington," he said, "a lot has been done to develop a workable partnership in this area. However, little has been done compared to the scale of the threat. It is important to learn lessons from the experience gathered and make conclusions for the future." Among the practical proposals Mr. Lavrov mentioned, the following are the most significant: -Intensifying interaction between special services, which, Moscow believes, should reach a crucially new stage in terms of credibility and coordination; -A clear strategy and a generally acceptable legal framework are the prerequisites for success in combating terrorism. This framework has been laid down in Resolution 1373 of the Security Council and its subsequent decisions. However, additional efforts are needed at this point. They include making necessary amendments to the national legislation, acceding to international anti-terrorist conventions and finalizing new international legal counter-terrorism instruments; -Renouncing double standards once and for all when it comes to terror no matter what slogans it uses; -Developing an international partnership to prevent terrorists from gaining access to weapons of mass destruction; -Strengthening anti-drug security zones because drug trafficking is closely related to terrorism, and the drug flow from Afghanistan has acquired global significance; -Starting a respectful dialogue between different confessions and civilizations to prevent a religious or cultural split; -Russia suggests that a new UN Security Council resolution be worked out to ensure the most effective functioning of the Counter Terrorism Council, which Russia heads. Mr. Lavrov began his speech with a reference to "the appalling terrorist attack in the Russian town of Beslan" and he concluded by calling on "the civilized world put aside all its disputes and differences and mobilized its efforts to counter the deadly threat of Nazi enslavement. The enemy that opposes us today is no less dangerous and merciless." The history of every country contains events that divide it into periods of "before" and "after." For the United States, such an event was the September 11 attacks and for Russia it was September 1, 2004. After Beslan, Russia has become a different country.
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