Terrorists must not be divided into 'theirs' and 'ours' - Lavrov
MOSCOW, June 25 (RAPSI) - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a briefing Tuesday after his talks with Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci that the fight against terrorism must be consistent, and that categorizing terrorists as "theirs" or "ours" will only aggravate the problems that are accumulating in the Middle East and North Africa.
Russia insists on the importance of consistently fighting those who are acting against the democratic, free, and non-violent development of states, he said.
"Nothing can justify terrorism, and it is inadmissible to divide terrorists into 'ours' and 'theirs,' into 'good' and 'bad.' This will preclude the solution of problems that have been accumulating not only in the Middle East and North Africa, but also in other parts of the world," Lavrov said.
He also said the duty of fighting terrorists on one's own territory rests with the government of any given state, but the international community must not keep away from the problem either.
Lavrov added, "it is certainly necessary not only to fight the symptoms but also the roots of the problem, which go down to the very socio-economic situation and, in general, to the overall situation in a given country, including civil rights and freedoms."
Lavrov added that socio-economic problems grew dramatically during the Arab Spring when "many countries were destabilized."