Joint counteraction to terrorist threats among priorities of CIS

By Laman Sadigova

Today, one of the main issues for the CIS is a joint counteraction to terrorist threats, said Sergey Lebedev, Chairman of the Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary.

“Of course, on the agenda is the question of joint efforts to counter terrorist threats,” Lebedev said. “The threat of international terrorism, unfortunately, persists, and its manifestations are obvious. We can see terrorist attacks killing humans in the Middle East and in Europe every day.”

He further voiced a belief that the CIS states will strengthen cooperative measures to counter terrorist threats.

In particular, Lebedev said that the heads of special services of the CIS countries and heads of security agencies already scheduled joint meetings.

the CIS Executive Committee will host a meeting of a group of experts on 20-21 January to discuss the harmonization of the CIS draft program of cooperation in combating terrorism and other violent manifestations of extremism for 2017-2019 and related resolutions of the of the CIS Council of the Heads of State.

The need for the program stems from the desire of the CIS countries to respond adequately to changes in the operational environment reharding the fight against terrorism and other violent manifestations of extremism.

While drafting the program the experts took into account the universally recognized principles and norms of international law, international obligations of the CIS member states and their national legislations, and also the status, trends and dynamics of the development of the situation regarding the fight against terrorism and other violent manifestations of extremism in the CIS countries and in the world.

Sergei Lebedev took part in a meeting of the CIS Plenipotentiaries Council on 19 January, during which Kyrgyzstan's CIS chairmanship concept was presented.

Chairmanship of the CIS was transferred to Kyrgyzstan from Kazakhstan. This year the CIS Plenipotentiaries Council is headed by Kyrgyzstan's plenipotentiary in the CIS, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kyrgyzstan to Belarus Kubanychbek Omuraliev.

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