Global cooperation crucial to tackle terrorism: FM
Sat, June 9 2012 14:08 | 811 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty M Natalegawa said international cooperation was a must to address the threat of terrorism, which posed a global challenge.
Speaking at the second meeting of the Coordinating Committee of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) in Istanbul, Turkey, on Thursday, Marty underscored the need to eliminate the roots of terrorism and "conditions conducive to terrorism".
"This must be the focus of GCTF`s work plan," the minister said in a press statement released on Friday.
Marty, who attended the forum at the invitation of the Turkish foreign minister and the US Secretary of State, noted cooperation at national, regional and global levels was necessary to deal with the threat of terrorism. "GCTF must serve as a forum capable of uniting all efforts at national, regional and global levels," he said.
"One of the efforts involves adopting global measures to address poverty, injustice and other social problems at a global level. Remaining calm and having the right perspective is the smartest way to address terrorism, radicalism and extremism," Marty added.
The meeting, which was attended by 14 foreign ministers, focused on the importance of improving every country`s capacity to deal with the challenge of global terrorism, including the threats of radicalism and extremism, in a comprehensive way.
The other objective of the meeting was to monitor and evaluate the progress made by member countries since the first GCTF meeting was held in New York in September 2011.
At the forum, Indonesia and Australia co-chaired the Southeast Asia working group. Indonesia is considered well-experienced in combating terrorism. (*)
Editor: Aditia Maruli
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