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Russian foreign minister rejects claims about UN Security Council

MOSCOW, July 8 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's foreign minister has rejected media claims that the UN Security Council only reacts quickly to terrorist attacks in the West.

Sergei Lavrov said: "When the events in Dubrovka [the 2003 Moscow theatre siege] and in Beslan [the 2004 school tragedy] happened, the UN Security Council immediately adopted resolutions denouncing these terrorist acts, with a demand that hostages be released immediately and a call on the international community to deal with these terrorist attacks."

During a break in talks with his Greek counterpart Petros Molyviatis, Lavrov mentioned a Thursday news report by a Russian correspondent, who said that, prior to the London tragedy the Security Council had only adopted resolutions on terrorist acts in Madrid and New York, whereas no solidarity had been expressed during similar developments in Russia.

"I was disappointed to see a Russian correspondent in the UN give distorted information," the diplomat said.

He recalled that the anti-terrorism issue had been placed on the agenda of the UN in 1999 after apartment blocks were blown up in Moscow and a terrorist act was perpetrated in Daghestan.

"A resolution adopted two years before the events of September 11 established the fundamental principles that the anti-terrorist coalition is based on. These principles have been developed in subsequent resolutions, which contain the practical means to implement them," the minister said.

Lavrov added that a resolution was approved at the end of the last year to set one of the basic principles of the fight against international terrorism. This principle is that terrorism cannot be justified, including by political goals.

"And certain members of the coalition must take this principle into account," the Russian minister underlined, adding that terrorists could not be seen as political figures and policy could not be developed around this notion.

A hundred and twenty-nine people were killed in the terrorist attack on the theater center on Dubrovka, Moscow, in October 2002.

The terrorist seizure of a school in the town of Beslan (North Ossetia, the North Caucasus) in September 2004 took the lives of 330 people, including 132 children.

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