Inter-American problems and regional policy
Press release on the International Conference on Countering Illicit Arms Trafficking in the Context of Fighting International Terrorism
The conference on Countering Illicit Arms Trafficking in the Context of Fighting International Terrorism, chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov, was held at the Moscow International Trade Centre on September 5-6.
The forum was designed to impart “individual value” to the problem of curbing the supply of weapons to terrorists, and it made possible to focus particularly on the continuous flow of weapons and ammunition to militants.
The conference was attended by representatives of 37 states and 9 international organisations. Senior officials representing Russian ministries and departments, as well as specialised institutions of the UN, the CIS, the CSTO, the Council of Europe and the SCO, delivered substantive theme-specific reports at the plenary session.
Experts, political scientists, public figures and religious officials shared their competent opinions during three thematic sessions devoted to pressing issues such as consolidating international cooperation in order to prevent weapons from falling into the hands of terrorists, law enforcement aspects of international counter-terrorist activities, export control and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
The participants focused on the need for honest international cooperation in order to eradicate “double standards” applied to terrorist groups, the importance of improving the legal regulatory framework in part related to combating money laundering and terrorism financing, as well as the suppression of illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons.
The participants visited the Patriot military history park, where they saw numerous examples of military equipment and weapons seized by the Russian Armed Forces from terrorists in Syria.