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    AFGHANISTAN: VICTORY OVER TERRORISM NOT ENSURED YET

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    MOSCOW, January 28, 2004. (RIA Novosti) -- Russian foreign minister believes it is premature to speak about the final liquidation of seats of terror in Afghanistan. Igor Ivanov expressed this opinion in his article "Asia in Russia and Russia in Asia," published on the foreign ministry's site.

    "Two years have passed since the Taliban regime was toppled in Afghanistan," the article says. "Since then a lot has been done, including with the constructive and effective role of Russia, for this state to become a normal member of the international community living in peace with its neighbours." "It is important for us that the source of financial, material, ideological and other form of support for the terrorist groups on the Russian territory be liquidated," Igor Ivanov pointed out. At the same time, the minister said, "the production of Afghan narcotics continues and is even being increased, which is a direct threat to Russia." "International community should continue making intensive joint efforts to normalise the situation in the country, the minister stressed. The weakening of these efforts will inevitably lead to the resumption of the Taliban danger," Ivanov said.

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