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4 October 201718:13

Joint Statement by the Member States of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation on Fighting International Terrorism, issued during the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly

1870-04-10-2017

 

The Member States of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) point out the growing threats from terrorist organisations to international security, in particular, to the security of the southern borders of the CSTO due to the growing terrorist activities in Afghanistan.

We attach much importance to the implementation of the Strategy of CSTO Collective Security for the Period Through 2025, which was adopted back in 2016 and which provides for the strengthening of allied relations between the CSTO Member States as well as the Organisation’s contribution to the consolidation of international efforts against international terrorism and extremism.

Our current priority is to continue to build up collective actions so as to be able to effectively fight terrorism and extremism conducive to terrorism, as well as against cross-border organised crime, the use of information telecommunication technology (ITT) for terrorist purposes and other transnational threats.

Reaffirming our resolute condemnation of all forms and types of terrorism, we urge the UN member states, international and regional organisations, as well as all components of the international community to join forces within а truly broad international counterterrorism coalition to fight global terror, primarily the Islamic State (ISIS), Al-Qaeda and the terrorist organisations connected with them, based on the UN Charter provisions and UN Security Council resolutions.

We highly assess Russia’s efforts to destroy the military potential and the economic infrastructure of international terrorism in the Syrian Arab Republic. We welcome the increasingly active efforts towards a political settlement of the Syrian crisis, taken within the framework of the Geneva process with due account for the results that have been achieved at the International Meetings on Syria within the Astana format.

Admitting that the decisive role in fighting terrorism must be placed by the states concerned and their competent agencies, we point out that international counterterrorism cooperation must be based on the fundamental principles of international law, such as respect for the equality and sovereignty of states and non-interference in their internal affairs.

We point out that international initiatives on fighting terrorism and extremism must comply with the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy as well as UN Security Council resolutions on counter-terrorism, take into account national experience and specifics and also abstain from enforcing foreign recipes in such delicate spheres.

We emphasise the unacceptability of using terrorist and extremist organisations and topics related to the fight against international terrorism and extremism for attaining one’s political and geopolitical goals.

Reaffirming the unacceptability of public advocacy and incitement of extremism, we call for strengthening the fight against the proliferation of terrorist ideology and propaganda, including with the use of ITT, which must be done with the guiding and leading role of states as well as their competent agencies together with the participation of public leaders.

In this context, we welcome the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2354 (May 2017) in support of comprehensive international framework to counter terrorist narratives, which includes the guidelines and good practices in countering the terrorist narratives of ISIS, Al-Qaeda and terrorist organisations connected with them, and call for its comprehensive implementation.

We point out the growing threat coming from foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) who are returning from the crisis areas in the Middle East to their home countries, including CSTO Member States. We call for promoting cooperation to preclude the movement of the FTFs across state borders, including by enhancing the effectiveness of border control and improving the mechanism of information exchanges.

We emphasise that the fight against terrorism can only be effective when the sources and channels of financing terrorism and providing material and technical assistance to it are blocked as per the UN Security Council resolutions. We urge all states to terminate any trade, economic and financial ties with ISIS, Al-Qaeda and any individuals, groups, enterprises and organisations connected with them. We are committed to UN Security Council Resolution 2354 (July 20, 2017), which reviewed the sanctions already imposed on the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.

We attach great significance to the further development of multilateral cooperation within the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) and to enhancing the role of this international institute in countering terrorism financing. We declare our commitment to the promotion of information awareness exchanges and the criminalisation of any forms of terrorism in national legislations. We call for a comprehensive implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 2199 and 2253 and FATF Recommendations.

Recognising that the international community can fight terrorism effectively only within the framework of cooperation based on partnership and coordination of efforts, we express readiness for constructive cooperation with all concerned states as well as  international organisations in the fight against terrorism and other criminal threats and security challenges.

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs                      Minister of Foreign Affairs

      of the Republic of  Armenia                    of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs                      Minister of Foreign Affairs

of the Republic of Belarus                       of the Russian Federation

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs                      Minister of Foreign Affairs

   of the Republic of Kazakhstan                of the Republic of Tajikistan

 

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