Ter­ror­ism Is not Prim­i­tive...

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - WORLD -

On 31 Oc­to­ber 2017, New York suf­fered a ter­ror­ist at­tack, which was com­mit­ted by a 29-year-old Uzbek­istan-born Say­fulla Saipov. The tragedy co­in­cided with an im­por­tant event right next day, Novem­ber 1, when Tashkent hosted a con­fer­ence of the Regional Anti-Ter­ror­ist Struc­ture of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion, en­ti­tled “Com­bat­ing Ter­ror­ism: Co­op­er­a­tion with­out Bor­ders”.

Moscow, Paris, Brus­sels, Lon­don, New York - the ge­og­ra­phy of the the­ater of op­er­a­tions is chang­ing, so is the tac­tics of the ter­ror­ists. How to deal with this? Un­for­tu­nately, there is no ex­act an­swer to this ques­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, the pro­posed meth­ods to com­bat the ter­ror­ist threat, in fact, are only an at­tempt to com­bat the symp­toms, while coun­ter­ing the cause of this phenomenon re­quires from all coun­tries an unattain­able level of con­scious­ness and po­lit­i­cal will.

Cer­tainly, the level of con­scious­ness and po­lit­i­cal will is in­dis­pens­able, but in the cur­rent dif­fi­cultly pre­dicted sit­u­a­tion, the col­lec­tive fac­tor and co­or­di­nated ac­tions re­main the main fac­tor in ad­dress­ing this is­sue. There­fore, work­ing on the agenda of the cur­rent con­fer­ence, the SCO ex­perts de­cided to focus on the topic “Com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism: co­op­er­a­tion with­out bor­ders”.

Dur­ing the Tashkent meet­ing, par­tic­i­pants noted that the on­go­ing armed con­flicts in the Mid­dle East have ac­quired a per­ma­nent char­ac­ter and re­main a hot­bed of tension for the en­tire world com­mu­nity. As the direc­tor of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the Regional An­tiTer­ror­ist Struc­ture of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (SCO RATS), Yevgeny Sysoev, put it, “mem­bers of in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions are re­lo­cat­ing to Afghanistan, ap­proach­ing the bor­ders of the SCO mem­ber states, and re­turn­ing to the coun­tries of ex­o­dus, form­ing ‘cells’.”

Ex­perts point out that ter­ror­ism is by no means prim­i­tive, its ‘can­non fod­der’ is prim­i­tive - the youth, whose rad­i­cal spirit the Is­lamists have learned to use for their own pur­poses. There­fore, the par­tic­i­pants of the con­fer­ence re­ferred to the pri­or­ity is­sues like ex­change of prac­tices of coun­ter­ing the use of the in­ter­net for ter­ror­ist and ex­trem­ist pur­poses. Ex­perts spoke for close co­op­er­a­tion in this area.

In ad­di­tion, contributors to the con­fer­ence un­der­scored that an ef­fec­tive fight with ter­ror­ism can­not be car­ried out with­out re­li­able over­lap­ping of sources of its fi­nanc­ing, as re­quired by the rel­e­vant res­o­lu­tions of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly, the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil and the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards of the Fi­nan­cial Ac­tion Task Force on Money Laun­der­ing.

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