CIS nations join hands to fight terror

Sept. 16, 2004 at 9:32 AM

ALMATY, Kazakhstan, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The Presidents of at least 10 Commonwealth Independent States Thursday announced a joint effort to fight terror in the region.

"We unanimously agree that today's terrorism threatens all states, and it should be suppressed by united efforts," said the Chairman of the CIS Council of Presidents, Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.

"We confirm our firm determination to do everything to fight effectively against international terrorism, in all its forms," Interfax quoted Kuchma as saying at the summit.

A summit of the CIS head of states concluded in Kazakhstan capital, Astana, with terrorism dominating the agenda. The summit also adopted a statement supporting Russia in its fight against terror.

Kazakhstan said it would propose a unified center to fight terrorism in Central Asian countries, top government officials said.

The CIS was attended by at least 10 head of states of 12 nations including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov, Kyrgyzstan President Askar Akayev, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashavili and host Nursultan Nazarbayev. The heads of Turkmenistan and Moldova did not attend.

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