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4 Sep 2019

Minsk conference described as uniting link in search for response to new terrorist threats

Minsk conference described as uniting link in search for response to new terrorist threats

MINSK, 4 September (BelTA) – The Minsk conference has become a uniting link in the search for efficient response to new terrorist threats, Belarus’ Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Dapkiunas told the media after the conference on countering terrorism through innovative approaches and the use of new and emerging technologies on 4 September, BelTA has learned.
 
“It is clear that the results of the event will not be immediate. These are long-term joint efforts and it is early to talk about the final outcomes. However, we can single out intermediate results and their practical component,” Andrei Dapkiunas said.

The Minsk platform drew a wide circle of established foreign specialists. More than 400 representatives from 55 states, international regional and non-government organizations, expert community and private sector gathered in the Belarusian capital to discuss ways of joint fight against one of the present-day biggest threats to security – terrorism.   

“International terrorism has gone global and is equipped with advanced technologies. Efficient counter-terrorism efforts are possible only when we act together, beyond national borders. There is no doubt that we need to improve coordination at the global, regional and national levels. In this respect a wide international dialogue is crucial to develop joint approaches to counter-terrorism,” Andrei Dapkiunas said.

Belarus is confident that the idea to unite two regions: the OSCE and the ASEAN under the aegis of the Minsk conference on counter-terrorism opens wide prospects for interregional cooperation, with the UN playing a coordinating role.

“In counteracting terrorism, radicalism and extremism Belarus is fully open to cooperation with international organizations, foreign states, the civil society and business community,” Andrei Dapkiunas said.

“I believe that the conference has achieved its goals and become a uniting link in the search for efficient response to new terrorist threats, for the consolidation of the counter-terrorist front under the aegis of the United States, and for uniting efforts of the appropriate international and regional organizations,” he said.

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