Global Community Must Isolate
Terrorists – Putin’s Special Envoy
(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.