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Statement by H.E. Mr. Askar Akayev 

President of the Kyrgyz Republic

Mr. Chairman,

Heads of states and  governments,

Heads of delegations,

Ladies and gentlemen,

First of all allow me to express sincere gratitude to the distinguished President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and all brotherly peoples of Kazakhstan for traditionally friendly hospitality and heartfelt welcome. The wonderful city of Almaty these days is the host of the first Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building measures in Asia. The first time the idea of CICA was put forward 10 years ago from the tribune of the UN General Assembly and our today's forum of 16 states of Asia serves as a bright example of the fact that this initiative of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and the ideas incorporated in the very name of the forum, acquire the true right to exist.

Mr. Chairman,

Presidents and heads of delegations,

 Ladies and gentlemen,

I am confident that today we together are participants of a historical event occurring at extremely difficult and crucial time for all civilized world. And this is a serious responsibility that is entrusted to us, leaders of 16 states of Asia, determined to initiate collective efforts on insuring peace, security and stability on our continent. I believe, in many respects peace, security and stability all over the world and in our region in particular will depend on it. For I speak with undisguised distress that in Central-Asian region as well as in a number of states of our continent the situation today is very alarming and insecure.

We have gone through enough tragedies and shocks in the last century, we have overcome an opposition of two global systems and the cold war hoping to build in the new millennium essentially new architecture of international relations adapted to conditions of globalization. However, we have not been doing it so that the international terrorism could cast the world into chaos and scare people.

The tragic events of September 11, 2001, when barbarous assault on the USA unprecedented by its cruelty and brutality have demonstrated to the whole world the character and scale of the danger to the mankind, and vulnerability of any state before acts of terrorism in whatever form and manifestation. Modern international terrorism is transnational by character, having neither national, nor religious origin, therefore it is possible to resist this evil only with combined efforts of the world community. Creation of international antiterrorist coalition under the aegis of the United Nations is, in our opinion, the first solid step in this direction.

At the same time I would like to draw your special attention to the fact that today atte mpts to give international terrorism religious features are undertaken on the ground that acts of terrorism in the USA were accomplished by Islamic fundamentalists, that a great bulk of «Taliban» movement, terrorist organizations «A1-Kaida» and Islamic Move ment of Uzbekistan are made up of Islamicradicals and extremists. Based on this, the theory about the conflict of cultures and religions, and about possible clash of civilizations is being revived.

It is unfair and offensive to identify tens of thousands of Islamicextre mists with 1,5 billion adherents of Islam. This great world religion rejects any form of violence against innocent people. Moreover, 54 states which are included in the largest Muslim organization — Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) - have declared strict condemnation of the terrorism working under pretext of Islam or any other pretext and that Islam is not guilty of any form of terrorism.

The states gathered at our today's forum represent various cultures, religions and civilizations, however it does not prevent us from conducting a constructive and open dialogue on issues of interaction and confidence building measures, cooperation, joint struggle against both traditional and new challenges and threats to our region and the whole world.

It is in the dialogue and cooperation between civilized countries and peoples, irrespective of their state system, cultural or religious orientation that I see a guarantee of our successful struggle against international terrorism and a key to well-being and prosperity of our states. We were guided by these very considerations when in November of 1999 at the summit of OSCE in Istanbul we have come forth with the initiative to convene a forum — a dialogue between OSCE and OIC, these two largest regional international organizations which include more than 100 states of the world with population of more than one billion.

The initiative of Kyrgyzstan on realization of such an inter-civilization dialogue has received complete support at the OIC Summit in November of 2000 and appropriate resolution was adopted. Last Dece mber, as you are well aware, in Bishkek was held an International Conference on Enhancing Security and Stability in Central Asia: Strengthening Comprehensive Efforts to Counter Terrorism initiated by Kyrgyzstan under the auspices of the OSCE and the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention. One of the final documents adopted by the conference was the Program of Actions, in which it is recommended to the OSCE Permanent Council to consider in the current year the issue of starting a dialogue between OSCE and the Organization of Islamic Conference. Realization of such a dialogue in the Program of Actions is considered as one of the major measures in the struggle against terrorism and its prevention. However, the objectives and tasks of the Forum - dialogue of OSCE — OIC are not limited only to this aspect, but cover a broad layer of inter-civilization dialogue and cooperation for the well-being of the world, stability and security of all mankind. Esteemed participants of the meeting,

Today we are opening a new regional international organization covering the territory inhabited by almost half of the world population. I am confident that the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, reflecting interests and expectations of almost 3 billion people, will become the structure which will be capable to make a considerable contribution to the process of strengthening of regional, global security and stability.

Today, by signing the Almaty Act we shall embody in reality the idea of President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, the idea with wonderful intention and essence.

Adopting our first operative document - the CICA Declaration on Eliminating Terrorism and Promoting Dialogue among Civilizations, I express my profound hope that this step becomes our joint contribution to consolidation of efforts of the world community in the joint struggle against «the plague of the 21sl century» -the international terrorism, development of mutual understanding, trust and cooperation between peoples, cultures and religions.

And I say: «Good luck, С1СА!»