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    PARTICIPANTS IN KHABAROVSK CONFERENCE ON STRUGGLE AGAINST TERRORISM OBSERVED MINUTE OF SILENCE TO COMMEMORATE VICTIMS OF TERRORIST ACTS IN MADRID

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    KHABAROVSK, March 16, 2004. (RIA Novosti) -- The participants in the international conference on the struggle against terrorism, which is being held in Khabarovsk (an administrative centre in the Russian Federation's Far Eastern federal district) observed a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of the terrorist acts in Madrid.

    The conference The Main Questions of Transnational Crimes and Exposure, Investigation and Prevention of Acts of International Terrorism was held in Khabarovsk on Tuesday.

    "We must struggle against all the evil, which fuels terrorism. It includes drugs and arms trafficking. There are also deeper causes that allow terrorism to develop," plenipotentiary representative of the president of Russia in the Far-Eastern federal district Konstantin Pulikovsky stated in his speech.

    The Russian Federation's Deputy Prosecutor-General Konstantin Chaika stressed in his turn that in Russia "terrorism has been increasingly acquiring an international character." According to him, more than 80 per cent of the members of the bands operating in Chechnya are foreign mercenaries.

    Konstantin Chaika holds the view that to make the struggle against terrorism more effective it is necessary to make amendments in Russian legislation.

    Deputy director of the NATO Information Office at the Embassy of Belgium in Moscow Michael Hewitt, who participated in the meeting, called for intensifying Russia-NATO cooperation in the struggle against international terrorism.

    Representatives of the federal and territorial power structures, scientists-lawyers, workers of judicial bodies, and staffers of the consulates-general of the USA, Japan and the PRC also took part in the conference.

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