G8 summit to adopt antiterrorist package

On June 26 through 27 the G8 summit in Kananaskis in Canada is going to adopt a "weighty" package of antiterrorist documents, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov told journalists.

On Friday the chief of the Russian foreign policy establishment returned to Moscow from Warsaw.

Igor Ivanov said that these documents will concern prevention of weapons of mass destruction getting into the hands of terrorists, as well as groups getting financial backing from terrorist groups.

The Russian foreign minister recalled that the G8 does not take decisions binding on other states. Simultaneously, "minding the importance of the states making up the G8, it can be expected that the decisions of the Canadian summit will provide a serious impetus and allow determining the antiterrorist strategy of the international community," said Igor Ivanov.

He said that Moscow has long ago been pointing to the need of coordinating the efforts of the international community in this matter, above all through the United Nations. He also fingered out the need of elaborating a common international law basis for taking efforts against terrorism.

Another important theme in the focus of the G8 summit is problems of sustained development and African issues. On this matter, G8 special representatives have prepared reports and in the plans for the second day of the summit is a meeting with representatives of African countries.

The G8 will discuss also key international problems, such as the situation in the Middle East, Afghanistan and the Indian-Pakistani conflict, said Igor Ivanov.

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