RIC seeks global effort to fight terror activities

Russia, India & China take united stand

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna poses for a group photograph with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (L), Russian Foreign Minister Sergie Lavrov (2nd L),  Governor Li hong Zhong (C) and Deputy Governor Duan lun yi during the Russia, India and China (RIC) luncheon hosted by the Governor of Hubei province, in Wuhan, China on Monday. PTI

Condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, a joint statement issued by the three foreign ministers at the end of a two-day meeting of RIC Foreign Ministers here said, “There could be no justification for any act of terrorism anywhere.”

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, Russia’s Sergei Lavrov and their Chinese counterpart Yang Jeichi “emphasised the need for full international cooperation in counter- terrorism efforts, particularly within the framework of the United Nations, to prevent terrorist attacks and to prosecute terrorists and their supporters,” it said, without naming any country.

“In this context, the ministers urged all UN member states to urgently conclude and adopt the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism,” said the statement.
In the statement, Russia and China - the two veto wielding UNSC members - sought “comprehensive” reforms to make the council more democratic and they welcomed India’s entry into the UNSC as a non-permanent member. “The Ministers of China and Russia appreciated the role played by India in international affairs and welcomed India’s election to the UN Security Council for the 2011-2012 term, and looked forward to deepening cooperation with India within the Council,” it said.

The ministers emphasised the importance of joint efforts to counter the use of information and communication technologies for terrorist and criminal purposes. They also underscored the importance of joint efforts in countering the financing of terrorism.

They stressed that proliferation of WMD and their means of delivery as well as its association with international terrorism poses a grave threat to international peace and security and represents a cause for deep concern.  On energy security, the ministers said it can be achieved through greater dialogue and cooperation between producing and consuming countries.

“The international community should work together to ensure stable energy supply, the security of international energy transportation and stable energy prices so that the energy demand of all countries, especially developing ones, are met,” the statement said.

“The Ministers emphasized that there is no alternative to the intensification of efforts to address the Iranian nuclear issue by peaceful means through dialogue and negotiation,” the statement said.

At the end of the trilateral talks, Krishna said the meeting broadly reviewed progress made after the three ministers’ last parleys in Bangalore in 2009. “We reviewed cooperation within various organisations like G-20, BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and East Asia Summit,” he said. “We believe we can benefit immensely from practical cooperation in the fields of disaster management, agriculture, health care and medicine. Experts from our countries stand to gain from the exchanges,” he said.

The joint statement called for cooperation in the fields of energy, high-tech sectors, innovation and modernisation, aerospace, people-to-people and cultural exchanges besides beneficial cooperation in health care and medicine.

The Ministers noted with satisfaction the growth in trade and investment relations among the three countries,” the statement said. “They hoped that the business chambers in their meeting in New Delhi on November 30, preparatory to the 2011 Trilateral Business Forum in Russia, would be able to chart out innovative mechanisms for true, meaningful trilateral business alliances in identified priority sectors,” it said.

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