Press release on the annual OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference

Friday, 11 May 2018 14:14

The Russian interdepartmental delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov took part in the annual OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference (Rome, May 10-11). This year its participants focused on the need to counter threats posed by returning or relocating foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs).

The forum was attended by delegations from over 60 OSCE member countries and representatives of the counter-terrorism agencies of international organisations and civil society institutions.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Mr Syromolotov reaffirmed Russia’s positions of principle on international anti-terrorism cooperation, placing emphasis on the need for the international community to work together to counter terrorism and the spread of its criminal ideology in line with international law, the UN Charter and implementation of international anti-terrorist practices, including the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council.

Mr Syromolotov emphasised that following the defeat of “the terrorist international” in Syria as a result of the successful actions of the Russia-supported Syrian army, the increase in returning FTFs as part of the new strategy of terrorist leaders is threatening the entire OSCE space.

The Deputy Foreign Minister called for greater international counter-terrorism cooperation without applying double standards to terrorists.

Representatives of the relevant Russian ministries and organisations took an active part in the detailed discussion of the conference’s agenda. Spokespersons for the Prosecutor-General’s Office and the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs (FAEA) made extensive reports on Russia’s experience in fighting FTFs.

The Russian delegation held a successful side-event devoted to efforts against the spread of terrorist ideology and propaganda. Extensive reports were made at it by representatives of government structures, including the National Anti-Terrorism Committee, Foreign Ministry, and the FAEA, and civil society in the form of the Accounts Chamber.

Speakers at the conference presented the results of an international research and practice conference on priority tasks of international cooperation to counter terrorism and extremism, which was organised in Moscow by the Ministry of the Interior and the Foreign Ministry on April 3, 2018.

The results of the OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference will serve as the foundation for the elaboration of the organisation’s key decisions on the pressing issues of combatting terrorism and will be put to use at the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting next December in Milan.

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