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G8 to work out anti-terror strategy: Russia

The summit of the leaders of the Group of Eight industrialised nations is scheduled for July 15-17 in St Petersburg.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2006 18:21 IST
United News of India
United News of India

Russia said on Friday the summit of the leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialised nations scheduled for July 15-17 in St Petersburg, will boost cooperation against global terrorism.

"All participants said our countries need an updated and more effective anti-crime and anti-terrorism strategy in present conditions.

And this means developing joint efforts, primarily, against terrorism," Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev told a press conference after the meeting of Interior and Justice Ministers, as well as prosecutors, from the G8.

Nurgaliyev said that the G8 would focus on measures to prevent terrorist attacks targeting strategic infrastructures, communications and transport.

"Condemning terrorism, we reiterated our resolve to boost G8 efforts to combat this threat to peace, security, law and order and approved a number of important documents, specifically on G8 principles of international cooperation against the instigation, sponsorship and development of terrorist attacks," he noted.

He said the methods to prevent terrorism on transport will include analysis of cargo and passenger information, adding Moscow would host a global forum on anti-terrorism partnership between the state and the business community, next November.

Meanwhile, Russia's chief doctor Gennady Onishchenko today said Moscow had drafted an anti-bird flu programme for G8 summit.

He said health care would be one of the prominent themes of the St Petersburg summit as the bird flu had spread worldwide since it was first spotted in Asia in 2003.

Russia had started trials of a vaccine amid fears that the virus could mutate into a form that passes between humans and spark a global pandemic, he added.

"The government adopted a resolution on June 5 to allocate extra funds to the Vektor Research Centre," the doctor told RIA Novosti news agency, noting that the Siberia-based organisation was to be turned into an institute for monitoring the spread of influenza, including avian flu.

First Published: Jun 16, 2006 18:21 IST