RIC seeks stepped up efforts against terrorism

India, Russia and China Monday sought stepped up efforts aimed at tackling terrorism and prosecuting terrorists.

Updated: Nov 15, 2010, 15:15 PM IST

Wuhan, China: India, Russia and China Monday
sought stepped up efforts aimed at tackling terrorism and
prosecuting terrorists and their supporters as their Foreign
Ministers discussed cooperation in fighting the menace and on
issues like energy security, trade and health care.

"There could be no justification for any act of terrorism
anywhere," said a joint statement issued at the end of a
two-day meeting of Foreign Ministers of Russia, India and
China (RIC) grouping here.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, Russia`s Sergei
Lavrov and their Chinese counterpart Yang Jeichi "emphasised
the need for full international cooperation in counter-
terrorism efforts, particularly within the framework of the
United Nations, to prevent terrorist attacks and to prosecute
terrorists and their supporters," it said, without naming any
country.

"In this context, the Ministers urged all UN member
states to urgently conclude and adopt the Comprehensive
Convention on International Terrorism," the statement said.

At the end of the trilateral talks, Krishna said the
meeting broadly reviewed progress made after the three
ministers` last parleys in Bangalore in 2009.

"We reviewed cooperation within various organisations
like G-20, BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and East
Asia Summit," he said.

"We believe we can benefit immensely from practical
cooperation in the fields of disaster management, agriculture,
health care and medicine. Experts from our countries stand to
gain from the exchanges," he said.

The joint statement called for cooperation in the fields
of energy, high-tech sectors, innovation and modernisation,
aerospace, people-to-people and cultural exchanges besides
beneficial cooperation in health care and medicine.

The Ministers also "looked forward to the report of the
next Expert-Level Meeting on Cooperation in the field of
Health care and Medicine to be convened in Russia in the first
half of 2011."

"They also noted that further interaction would include
shaping effective mechanisms for combating infectious diseases
and for food safety," the joint statement said.

The three countries also awaited the recommendations of
the Trilateral Expert-Level Meeting on Agricultural
Cooperation to be held in New Delhi in 2011, it said.

"The Ministers noted with satisfaction the growth in
trade and investment relations among the three countries," the
statement said.

"They hoped that the business chambers in their meeting
in New Delhi on November 30, preparatory to the 2011
Trilateral Business Forum in Russia, would be able to chart
out innovative mechanisms for true, meaningful trilateral
business alliances in identified priority sectors," it said.

They also called for building an open and transparent
energy market system and an advanced energy technology, R&D
and dissemination system for enhanced technological transfer
and financial support to developing countries consistent with
existing international non-proliferation obligations and
relevant national policy.

"The Ministers agreed to step up cooperation in the field
of energy security, taking into account, inter alia, the
initiative of President (Dmitry) Medvedev to negotiate an
international legal instrument in this area," the statement
said.

On the strategic front, the Ministers stressed the need
to "develop an open, transparent, inclusive and balanced
security and cooperation architecture in the Asia Pacific
region based upon universally agreed principles of
international law and giving due consideration to the
legitimate interests of all states."

All three Ministers said they found the meeting to be a
useful platform for exchange of views on crucial issues and
agreed to hold their meeting in Russia next year.

Yang said though there are many regional organisations,
RIC has its own importance as the three countries had huge
land mass and large population base with historic cultural
background of their own.

"In a broader sense the three are close neighbours to
each others. That is why RIC is not only important but (it is)
necessary to strengthen it," Yang said.

The three Ministers, during the past two days, also held
bilateral meetings to discuss issues relating to their
respective countries.

PTI