Declaration of the Russian Federation and the Republic of India on Global Challenges and Threats to World Security and Stability 12 November 2003

Wednesday, 12 November 2003 00:00

The Russian Federation and the Republic of India,

GUIDED by noble purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter,

RELYING on the provisions of the United Nations Millennium Declaration of 8 September 2000 concerning shared
responsibility of States for managing threats to international peace and security and for promoting principles of
human dignity, equality and justice at the global level,

NOTING the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 57/145 entitled "Responding to Global Threats and
Challenges" of 16 December 2002,

RECOGNISING globalization and interdependence in the world as natural processes in evolution of mankind,
which offer both opportunities and challenges,

TAKING into account the fact that uneven distribution of benefits and costs of globalization have resulted in
growing disparities among countries of the world,

DETERMINED to cooperate in countering global challenges and threats, which emanate from international
terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, transnational organized crime, illicit drug trafficking, money laundering
and environmental and developmental challenges,

PROCEEDING from an urgent need to consolidate efforts of the international community and the role of the United
Nations in eliminating these global challenges and threats,

CONSCIOUS of their common values and responsibilities as pluralistic democracies,

DESIRING to continue to closely cooperate in contributing to world peace and progress,

CONFIRMING their obligations in accordance with the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between the
Russian Federation and the Republic of India of 28 January 1993, Moscow Declaration on Protection of Interests
of Pluralistic States of 30 June 1994, the Declaration on Strategic Partnership between the Russian Federation and
the Republic of India of 5 October 2000, the Delhi Declaration on Further Consolidation of Strategic Partnership
between the Russian Federation and the Republic of India of 4 December 2002, the Moscow Declaration by the
Russian Federation and the Republic of India on International Terrorism of 6 November 2001 and the Memorandum
of Understanding between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of India
on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism of 4 December 2002,


The Russian Federation and India recognize that aim of promoting global peace, security and stability through
dialogue, consultation and cooperation among countries concerned is essential. As strategic partners, the Russian
Federation and India reaffirm their commitment to cooperate bilaterally and at the multilateral level on strategic
issues, and to evolve a universal effective system of countering global challenges and threats of the 21st Century.
The UN should continue to play a leading role in this regard.

The Russian Federation and India as two large and influential democracies are to play a significant role in this
context. Both countries are committed to promoting to the maximum extent democratic values in international
relations. The Russian Federation and India affirm that the future international order based on multi-polarity, should
be determined by collective and multilateral processes rather than unilateral ones. Both countries stand for building a
unified, just and democratic world order and a comprehensive system of collective security based on respect for rule
of law and international norms, reciprocal trust, mutual benefit, equality and cooperation.

The Russian Federation and India stress that the United Nations Organization has a vital role in tackling major
international issues. The United Nations can and should be reformed to reflect the current realities, with a view
to preserve and enhance its efficacy and efficiency. The Russian Federation and India proceed from the idea that
the reform of the UN should include an early expansion of the UN Security Council. The UN should continue to
play an important role in the prevention and peaceful settlement of conflicts in conformity with the UN Charter and
international law.


The Russian Federation and India are convinced that greater interaction and mutual respect among diverse
societies and cultures will lead both to enrichment of these cultures as well as to enhanced harmony and security in
the world. In this era of globalization, it is by preserving pluralism that true multipolarity – in its political and economic
as also social and cultural dimensions – will be attained. The Russian Federation and India also resolutely affirm that
there is no place in today’s pluralistic and diverse global village for any type of extremist ideology and intolerance.

They will resist with their full might all forms of extremism, including religious extremism, which has proved to be a hot
bed of terrorism in their common neighborhood.


The Russian Federation and India are united in their fight against the evil of international terrorism. They actively
cooperate with each other and with other countries in anti-terrorist activities. Both countries resolutely declare that
international terrorists, whatever be their stated objectives and the causes they espouse, will never succeed in
bringing the world to its knees.

The Russian Federation and India believe that most urgent and essential steps in effectively and comprehensively
dealing with the threat of international terrorism should be:

- creation of environment for total rejection of terrorism and absolute unacceptability of any of its forms;

- consistent and uncompromising approach to terrorism and giving up "double standards" ;

- preventing the flow of funds for terrorist activities,

- effective implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1373 aimed against those who support, fund, or
abet terrorists or provide them shelter or asylum to engage in cross-border terrorism;

- promotion of confidence between members of the antiterrorist coalition by, inter alia, due consideration of
interests of each one of them and ensuring that the fight against terrorism is strictly based on rules of international
law and principles of the UN Charter;

-reinforcing national and international legal instruments for countering terrorism, making the existing antiterrorist
Conventions genuinely universal, and earliest completion of negotiations on the draft Conventions in the UN,
including the Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism submitted by India and the International
Convention on Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism submitted by the Russian Federation ;

- steadfast cooperation to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction, their means of delivery
and materials and technology related to their manufacture;

- improvement of mechanisms of legal assistance and extradition in order to ensure the inevitability of punishment
for terrorist crimes;

- efforts to promote coexistence of different religions, cultures and civilizations by stressing greater mutual
understanding and respect amongst them, especially the idea that terrorism cannot be identified with any particular
religion or ethnic group.


The Russian Federation and India are concerned that trafficking in illegal drugs, psychotropic substances and
their precursors is assuming ever more threatening dimensions. Strong and effective measures are required by
the international community to handle this threat, especially as narcobusiness serves as a source of financing
to international terrorism. Both countries are taking specific practical steps to counter traffic in illegal drugs,
psychotropic substances and their precursors, especially in their common neighborhood.

The Russian Federation and India believe that one of the most urgent challenges today is strengthening
multilateral cooperation for countering the global narcothreat. The Russian Federation and India underline the
urgency of the need for the development of a comprehensive strategy, under the auspices of the UN, to effectively
counter this problem and reiterate their commitment for close cooperation with the United Nations and other
international organizations within the framework of UN Drug Control Programme.


The Russian Federation and India support the efforts by Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan to rebuild the
nation and express full support to all international efforts aimed at promoting peace, stability, national reconciliation
and economic reconstruction. It is important to adhere to the time-table, as envisaged in the Bonn Agreement, in
implementation of its provisions leading to the holding of democratic elections next year. The Russian Federation and
India strongly believe that Afghanistan should emerge as a peaceful, strong, prosperous, united and independent
nation that would be free from external interference and living in peace and harmony with its neighbours.


The Russian Federation and India are convinced that a concrete and time-bound plan of action under the UN
aegis should be adopted for the earliest restoration of Iraq’s sovereignty, stabilization of political and humanitarian
situation in the country, and ensuring its economic growth, through broad international efforts.


The Russian Federation and India call for the prevention of the failure of the Road Map drawn to settle the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict. The failure of the Road Map may result into the situation in Israel and Palestine, as also in the
entire Middle East, spiraling beyond control. This may have adverse consequences not only for the region but for
the whole world.


The Russian Federation and India support the efforts of the countries concerned and the international community
for a peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and maintaining its non-nuclear status,
including the continuation of the six-party talks started at Beijing to bring about a mutually acceptable solution as well
as a further development of the inter-Korean dialogue and cooperation.


The Russian Federation and India are convinced that success of the efforts aimed against contemporary global
challenges and threats largely depends on adequately addressing social and economic issues, such as elimination
of poverty, mass unemployment, illiteracy, and racial, ethnic and religious discrimination. Both countries believe
that it is essential to promote steady and sustainable development of the world economy to ensure prosperity of
all countries. One of the ways to achieve this goal, as they see it, is to ensure access of the majority of people
around the world to high technology- a driving force of globalization. Wider reach of scientific and technological
achievements and benefits will bring more prosperity to a larger number of people, reduce the gap between the
developed and the developing world and neutralize some of the impulses which trigger conflicts.

The Russian Federation and India, which are important partners in science and high technology, possess a vast
potential for joint development of alternative technologies. They are convinced that multi-polarity in the world of high
technology will make an immense contribution to the enhancement of political and economic multi-polarity in the
modern world.


The Russian Federation and India declare that through their longstanding relationship as reliable, predictable
and responsible strategic partners, they are dedicated to strive for finding effective and long-term solutions and
appropriate responses to the aforementioned new global challenges and threats to humanity, basing their efforts on
the UN Charter and principles of international law.





The Kremlin, Moscow
12 November 2003

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