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G8 nations vow to cooperate on terrorism

01.01.70

MOSCOW (AP) The world's richest countries vowed Friday to cooperate more closely on fighting terrorism with a particular focus on terrorist recruitment, cybercrime and the flow of dangerous people and cargo across borders.
The commitment came at the end of a two-day meeting of Group of Eight law enforcement and justice officials held in Moscow as part of Russia's G8 presidency.

"People from every country at this table have suffered from terrorism," British attorney general Lord Goldsmith said at the end of the meeting. "There is a clear commitment from all G8 countries to work together to fight terrorism."

Goldsmith and Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said the officials had discussed practical measures to deal with radicalization and terrorist recruitment, computer crime including the use of computers and the Internet to promote terrorism and ways to improve mutual legal assistance among the nations.

"Our countries need a renewed and more effective anti-crime and anti-terrorist strategy," Nurgaliyev said. "This demands an increase in joint efforts, first of all in the fight against terrorism and against its new aspects such as radicalization, recruitment and attempts to acquire biotechnology and other weapons of mass destruction."

Nurgaliyev said the officials had pledged to make better use of information on international passengers and cargo, as well as border controls, in an effort to prevent terrorist movement. They also planned to upgrade security on subways and trains after G8 nations Britain and Russia suffered terror attacks on subway systems.

U.S. Attorney Alberto Gonzales also stressed cooperation.

"The United States stands committed to work side by side, shoulder to shoulder" with the other G8 countries. "Our countries may differ in many ways but we all share a commitment to work together to fight this threat."

Nurgaliyev said the nations had agreed to work out a mechanism for the exchange of DNA information for use as evidence in investigating terror attacks and other crimes, and stressed the need for G8 government and private funding for an international database of information on child abuse and sexual exploitation.

The officials also discussed illegal migration, which Nurgaliyev said was "creating channels for dispatching mercenaries and extremists, drug and weapons shipments and human trafficking."

Nurgaliyev said Moscow will host a global forum on anti-terror cooperation between government and business communities in October, and that the implementation of the cooperation agreements reached at this week's meeting would be evaluated by the G8 law enforcement and justice officials next year.

A G8 summit is scheduled for July 15-17 in St. Petersburg.

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