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Russia Issues Declaration to Fight Terrorism in Africa

The Kremlin issued a Declaration of the Second Russia-Africa Summit on Strengthening Cooperation in the Fight Against Terrorism.

Acting in accordance with the norms of the national legislation of the Russian Federation and that of African States, declare the following:

1. We strongly and unequivocally condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, as well as all terrorist acts, whenever, wherever and by whomsoever committed.

2. We call on the international community to combine efforts in eliminating terrorist threats, with the central and coordinating role of the UN in this regard.

3. We stand for a strict compliance with the existing regional and universal international legal frameworks on counterterrorism, including the universal anti-terrorism treaties and relevant UN Security Council resolutions on international terrorism, as well as the guidance provided by the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and stress the importance of comprehensive cooperation with the relevant UN and African Union bodies in combating terrorism.

4. We reaffirm that all States shall ensure that any individual, group or entity involved in financing, planning, preparing for or committing terrorist acts or in supporting terrorist acts, is brought to justice. The national legislation shall qualify such actions as sufficiently serious criminal acts allowing for their prosecution and punishment to the extent that duly reflects the danger posed by them.

5. We reaffirm our commitment to counter extremist ideologies and we believe that all terrorist acts are to be condemned regardless of their motivation. In this regard, we consider it important to expand dialogue and understanding and promote tolerance between different nationalities, ethnic and religious groups in order to prevent the spread of extremist ideologies engaging in this task, where necessary, civil society.

6. We underscore the importance of increased support for children, youth and women affected by terrorism.

7. We emphasize the importance of strengthening cooperation in combating the involvement of young people in the activities of terrorist structures, and stress the need for coordinated and urgent measures to counter the spread of radical and destructive ideas among the younger generation, including the prevention and suppression of terrorist propaganda, incitement to terrorism, as well as recruitment, including through the Internet.

8. We stress the importance, in terms of terrorism prevention, of ensuring favourable social and economic conditions and creating opportunities for education, self-expression and self-realization, as well as for unlocking creative potential.

9. We recognise the imperative of adequate, sustainable and predictable financing for counterterrorism efforts on the African Continent.

10. We deem it necessary to develop cooperation in preventing and suppressing terrorism both in multilateral formats (primarily within the UN), regionally and bilaterally as well as in enhancing collaboration between the UN and regional arrangements and, as appropriate, between the UN and individual countries.

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