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    RUSSIAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER: INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM NOT TO GIVE GROUND

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    MOSCOW, January 6, 2004. /RIA Novosti correspondent Dmitry Panovkin/ -- Despite the significant blows it has been dealt, international terrorism is evidently not going to give ground and to cede initiative, taking the lead, reads an article of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoly Safonov titled "On international cooperation in fight against terrorism" and posted on Tuesday on the ministry's web site.

    "The complication and many-sidedness of the phenomenon of international terrorism requires a comprehensive approach that would combine law-enforcement, political and diplomatic, economic and humanitarian actions, efficient coordination of anti-terrorist measures taken on the national and international levels," Safonov points out.

    Russia intends to actively support the activities of the UN Security Council's counter-terrorist committee aimed at close regular cooperation with regional structures on key issues of anti-terrorist cooperation, using their experience, information and other available opportunities, the article maintains.

    "Practice convinces us that the solution to this extremely difficult task can be found only by strengthening the UN, a forum that ensures indisputable legitimacy to international efforts, enhances the integrity of the coalition of states fighting against terrorism," the Russian diplomat says.

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