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17 Asian nations pledge to fight terror

October 22, 2004 14:40 IST

A 17-member grouping of Asian countries on Friday resolved to fight terrorism.

The Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia also emphasised the centrality of the UN in promotion of international peace, favoured "independence and sovereignty" of Iraq, political and economic reconstruction in Afghanistan and expressed concern over situation in West Asia.

The ministerial meeting of the CICA, attended by representatives of the Asian countries, including External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh, also supported the six-party talks aimed at denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and noted that proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their delivery means posed a serious threat to international peace.

"We strongly condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, violent manifestations of separatism and extremism and agree to enhance our efforts at bilateral and multilateral levels in fighting these common threats," said the declaration adopted at the conclave, which was attended by Pakistan's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtyar.

The declaration said these threats "undermine the very foundation of international peace and security" and emphasised that the fight against these should be "global, comprehensive and sustained and not selective or discriminatory and should avoid applying double standards".

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