India, Russia condemn terror sanctuaries

India and Russia on Friday condemned in strong terms the existence of "safe havens" for terrorism.

Updated: Dec 16, 2011, 22:20 PM IST

Moscow: India and Russia on Friday condemned in strong terms the existence of "safe havens" for terrorism, asserting that states that "aid, abet or shelter" terrorists were as guilty for such acts as their perpetrators.
In a joint statement issued after Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh held talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the
two countries said there was no justification for any act of
terrorism and all states needed to combine efforts to vanquish
the menace.

"They strongly condemned the existence of safe havens and
sanctuaries for terrorism, and reiterated that States that
aid, abet or shelter terrorists were as guilty of acts of
terrorism as their actual perpetrators," the statement without
naming any country.

It said India and Russia being pluralistic states were
especially vulnerable to acts of terrorism "which are attacks
against the values and freedoms, enshrined in their

Both sides reaffirmed that international terrorism is a
threat to peace and security, a grave violation of human
rights and a crime against humanity.

They also reaffirmed that the United Nations had a
central role in the combat against international terrorism and
called for an early adoption of the UN`s draft Comprehensive
Convention on International Terrorism.
Taking into account the fact that illicit drug
trafficking had become one of the main financial sources of
international terrorism, the two sides stressed on the
importance of joint bilateral and multilateral efforts in the
fight against it.