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    NOVOSIBIRSK, Mar. 1 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) calls for establishing a common database on terrorist organizations and their accomplices. The proposal was voiced today by FSB Director Nikolai Patrushev during the conference of law enforcement chiefs in Novosibirsk.

    Mr. Patrushev also highlighted the importance of sharing intel on terrorist organizations by security services.

    "The number of security services FSB is cooperating with has been growing," he said.

    Mr. Patrushev opined that exposing and neutralizing suicide terrorists and severing cash flows between terrorists and their sponsors were among the most important objectives in joint work of security services.

    Anatoly Safonov, special presidential representative for counterterrorism, noted the growing importance of the forum.

    "The conference is on a par with similar events held recently in Saudi Arabia, Moscow and Europe. It is an effective response to terrorist networks," Mr. Safonov emphasized.

    Addressing the media, the head of the UN Security Council's counterterrorist directorate, Xavier Ruperez, underlined a more proactive role played by Russia in countering terrorism.

    Mr. Ruperez said that he had been to Moscow where he met members of the Russian government, uniformed services and financial institutions, with whom he discussed issues relevant to the fight against terrorism.

    "The fact that the Russian government and FSB invited representatives of the UN Security Council's counterterrorist committee to attend the conference is very important for consolidating the world community in its fight against terror," Mr. Ruperez stressed.

    The CIS Counterterrorist Committee chief, Boris Mylnikov, told the media that he viewed "establishing a common European center to combat terrorism as feasible. This calls for political will and relevant legislation".

    Responding to questions about the most difficult areas of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Mr. Mylnikov said extremist religious party Hizb ut-Tahrir had raised it head in more than half the CIS member states. He emphasized that the party was outlawed in Russia and hinted that the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) remained a threat to the CIS nations.

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