Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s participation in the signing ceremony for the Code of Conduct for the Achievement of a Terrorism-Free World

Friday, 28 September 2018 13:23

On September 28, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took part in the signing ceremony for the Code of Conduct for the Achievement of a Terrorism-Free World that was submitted by Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York.

Speaking in the UN General Assembly in 2015, Vladimir Putin and Nursultan Nazarbayev voiced the idea of establishing a united front to combat terrorism, with all participants acting in line with international legal standards. Exactly three years later, over 70 states responded to this appeal by agreeing to establish a coalition striving to put an end to the threat of international terrorism.

We note that the Code brings together all the fundamental principles of counterterrorism and the full range of priority tasks which, if achieved, would truly afford reliable protection against terrorist threats, whether action is taken by the international community collectively or each country individually.

It is of utmost importance that the Code strictly conforms to the letter and spirit of relevant UN documents and all of its fundamental decisions on combatting terrorism, its ideology, and political, financial and military support. The document sets unique guidelines for further practical counter-terrorism actions of the international community, and in particular:

- affirms the primary responsibility and leading role of states in fighting terrorism and in any related international cooperation;

- declares the need for effective interstate cooperation to ensure criminal prosecution of terrorists on the basis of the fundamental principle “extradite or put on trial”;

- underscores that it is unacceptable to provide direct or indirect support to terrorist groups to achieve political or geopolitical ends;

- rejects any attempts to justify or glorify terrorism;

- proclaims the commitment to cooperation in preventing terrorism, in part by countering the dissemination of terrorist ideology and propaganda.

Russia is grateful to its Kazakh partners who authored the document and to all states that took part in drafting it.

We call on all countries without exception to sign the Code and be guided by its provisions on cooperation to combat terrorism in all its forms, on the basis of the UN Charter, including the principles of respect for sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of states. We reaffirm our full readiness to take part in joint efforts on the basis of the Code and without double standards or hidden agendas, in the spirit of unity and accord in the face of the common deadly threat of terrorism.

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