Global Community Must Isolate
Terrorists – Putin’s Special Envoy

RIYADH (RIA Novosti, by Pavel Davydov) — Terrorists must be completely isolated by the global community, believes the Russian President’s special envoy on issues of international cooperation in the fight against terrorism and transnational crime, Anatoly Safonov.

"The global community must completely isolate terrorists, blocking their access to financing and human resources and preventing their use of media to disseminate radical ideas," Mr. Safonov stated during the Riyadh (the capital of Saudi Arabia) international conference on the fight against terrorism.

In an interview with RIA Novosti, he announced that the Russian delegation proposed introducing this notion in the final document of the conference, "emphasizing the importance of anti-terror education of the young generation."

"We must use all resources of society in order to accomplish this task. Education, culture, traditions, religions in various countries may differ, but the attitude toward terrorism and the approach toward fighting this evil must be the same. In other words, we are talking about the fight for the minds of our youth, for our future," Mr. Safonov emphasized.

It is especially important, he stressed, to liberate the international cooperation in the sphere of the fight against terrorism from the double-standard policies. "We must clearly realize that there are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ terrorists. The use of double standards, in particular toward Russia, toward events in Chechnya, interferes with Russia’s efforts to fight terrorism effectively," Mr. Safonov underlined.

"Both Russia and the West must assume a common position on the events in Chechnya," he stressed.

"Receiving terrorist emissaries and giving them the opportunity to disseminate their ideas, as it happened recently with a statement of terrorist Basayev on the international wanted list on the British TV, is an authentic example of encouraging terrorist activities. Only by consolidating our efforts on the basis of common strategy and uniform standards will we be able to gain a decisive victory over terrorism," the Russian president’s special envoy concluded.