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    ASTANA, September 16 (RIA Novosti) - Leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) adopted a statement condemning terrorism, President Leonid Kuchma of Ukraine said at a press conference in the wake of the CIS summit. Leonid Kuchma who headed the Commonwealth's Council of Heads of State ceded the post to Vladimir Putin who at this summit was elected a new chairman of the CIS Council of Heads of State.

    "We issued the statement which condemns terrorist acts and agreed to intensify work of the anti-terrorist center and to speed up the drafting of a concept of the struggle against international terrorism and other manifestations of extremism" said the Ukrainian President.

    "We took the events in Beslan as a challenge not only to the Russian Federation but also to the entire civilized world," Kuchma stressed.

    In his turn, the President of Uzbekistan suggested that the CIS states should make a single list of terrorist organizations.

    Addressing the press conference after the closing of the CIS summit Islam Karimov said that the "elimination of terrorists is far from the main task." "We are fighting the terrorist act perpetrators, but we should try to wipe out the roots of the process, to fight against ideology which prepares fertile soil for people being turned into terrorists and zombies," he said.

    In this connection he mentioned the lists of terrorist organizations compiled by the US State Department.

    "We also must make a list of terrorists and extremists who will be outlawed and resolve this problem in such a way that they could find a refuge nowhere in the CIS space." Karimov said.

    The Uzbek President proposed that such a list be compiled, and then measures taken against those who will be on it on national levels.

    The Uzbek President expressed bewilderment over the fact that "so many mosques, other places of worship, madrassahs are opened where in secrecy people are trained who then try to destabilize the situation in Tashkent."

    Islam Karimov expressed the opinion that the CIS states are not ready yet for fighting terrorism in its new manifestations."

    "We are absolutely not prepared to fight such new manifestations of terrorism as, for instance, female suicide bombers," said the Uzbek President.

    In his words, "it is difficult to fight contemporary terrorism using modern air force squadrons." "Terrorism is a creeping force, and so far nowhere in the world the solution to this problem has been found," Karimov said.

    President Askar Akayev of Kyrgyzia spoke in favor of dealing preventive strikes at terrorists.

    "I'm a resolute advocate of the strategy of dealing preventive strikes, Akayev said, emphasizing that this is his personal stance.

    The Kyrgyz president noted that he came to this point of view after drawing lessons from "our struggle against international terrorism in 1999-2000."

    "Then it cost us human lives and huge economic losses," Akayev said.

    In his opinion state-of-the-art technology makes it possible to deal effective blows at terrorists . "This was demonstrated by the recent CPX exercises of the member-states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization which were held in Kyrgyzia," Akayev noted.

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