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assisting or participating in terrorist acts in the territories of other States or acquiescing in or encouraging activities within their territories directed towards the commission of such acts, including allowing the use of national territories and territories under their jurisdiction for planning and training or financing for that purpose. They solemnly reaffirmed the Movement’s unequivocal condemnation of any political, diplomatic, moral or material support for terrorism. In this context, they emphasised that States should ensure, in conformity with international law, that refugee status is not abused by the perpetrators organisers or facilitators of terrorist acts and that claims of political motivation are not recognised as grounds for refusing requests for the extradition of alleged terrorists. They also encouraged all States to consider to accede to and implement existing international conventions against terrorism.

The Ministers rejected the use, or the threat of the use of the armed forces against any NAM country under the pretext of combating terrorism, and rejected all attempts by certain countries to use the issue of combating terrorism as a pretext to pursue their political aims against non-aligned and other developing countries and underscored the need to exercise solidarity with those affected. They affirmed the pivotal role of the United Nations in the international campaign against terrorism. They totally rejected the term "axis of evil" voiced by a certain State to target other countries under the pretext of combating terrorism, as well as its unilateral preparation of lists accusing countries of allegedly supporting terrorism, which are inconsistent with international law and the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter. These actions constitute, on their part, a form of psychological and political terrorism.

The Ministers welcomed regional efforts to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations including the adoption and entry into force of different regional conventions related to combating terrorism, in particular, the entry into force of the Convention of the Organisation of African Unity on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism on 6 December 2003, as well as the Plan of Action endorsed by the Assembly of the African Union at its Second Ordinary Session held in Maputo, Mozambique from 10-12 July 2003, the entry into force of the Arab Convention to Combat Terrorism on 7 May 1999 and the adoption of the Islamic Conference Convention (OIC) on Combating International Terrorism in Ouagadougou on 1 July 1999. They also noted the adoption of the Organisation of Islamic Conference Declaration at the Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers on Terrorism held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 1 - 3 April 2002. They also welcomed, among others, the ASEAN Declarations on Terrorism adopted by the 7th and 8th ASEAN Summits in 2001 and 2002 respectively; the ASEAN Joint Declarations with the USA (1 August 2002), the EU (28 January 2003), India (8 October 2003) and Russia (2 July 2004) to Combat International Terrorism, and the ASEAN-China Joint Declaration on Co-operation in the Field of Non-Traditional

Security Issues (4 November 2002). Forum (ARF) Statements on Measures Cooperative Counter Terrorist Action

They further welcomed the ASEAN Regional Against Terrorist Financing on 30 July 2002, on on Border Security on 17 June 2003, on Co-

operation Against Piracy and Other Threats to Maritime Security on 17 June Strengthening Transport Security Against International Terrorism on 2 July also welcomed the Protocol on the Suppression of Financing of Terrorism to

2003 and on 2004. They the SAARC

Regional Convention on Suppression of Terrorism adopted at the January 2004 and the outcome of the Bali Regional Ministerial Terrorism held in Bali, Indonesia in February 2004.

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