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CIS: Leaders Convene In Moscow For Antiterror Meeting

Moscow, 28 September 2001 (RFE/RL) -- The council of CIS heads of government is meeting today in Moscow to discuss antiterrorism measures. ITAR-TASS news agency says the meeting is expected to approve a Russian-initiated antiterrorism declaration and agree ways to cooperate with a campaign sparked by the 11 September attacks on the United States. The agenda also includes financing for the CIS antiterrorist center in 2002 and for unified air defenses.

Russian President Vladimir Putin today warned the prime ministers of 12 CIS states against mistaking Islam for terrorism. He added that terrorists who use Islamic slogans have nothing in common with the religion.

Putin also urged those attending the meeting to present a united front against international terrorism.