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7 Sep, 2007 19:23

International database to help fight terrorism

New ways of fighting global terrorism were discussed at the Sixth International Meeting of the Heads of special services, security agencies and law-enforcement organisations. A databank of organisations and individuals suspected of terrorist connections h

The meeting is officially over. Dozens of reports and hours of discussions are behind.

“Despite many political differences that may exist between states, we are all trying to work together to safeguard our people at home from terrorists who do not care when they mount an attack if civilians are injured or killed,” Howard Stoffer from the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee, stated. 

Three main issues topped the agenda at the two-day gathering in Khabarovsk. And countering nuclear terrorism has been called one of the most important tasks for the world’s security services in the twenty-first century.

Also, cyber terrorism has been regarded as a serious threat to international security which is very hard to fight against.

“The difficult issue about cyber terrorism is that you can be far far away from the destination of your attack, be it financial or be it actively a hard target you are trying to achieve,” Dr Vahid Majidi, the Head of FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, believes.

And again the participants confirmed the creation of an International database as an essential instrument in the anti-terrorism fight.

“Today no one denies the necessity of this database. Everyone knows what information will be there, everyone will receive keys for access and instructions on how to use it. I believe that everyone is satisfied and I guess everyone will use this database and, most importantly, will provide information,” Nikolay Patrushev, FSB’s director, said.

It’s considered that modern terrorism began in September 1972 when during the 20th summer Olympics in Munich a group of Arab terrorists took hostage eleven Israeli athletes and then killed them all.

Since then mass events have been deemed “places of a high terrorist threat”. That’s exactly where security forces from different countries can work together.

More than 200 participants from 53 countries took part in this year’s meeting.  The figures are expected to continue increasing as the more countries are involved, the stronger will the world’s defence against terrorism be.