Sarajevo, 28 October 2010 Press release

Prevention of terrorism in South Eastern Europe requires regional networks

Sarajevo, 28 October 2010 – “Regional co-operation is a key factor in managing the increasing number of cross-border threats to security, such as terrorism,” stated Foreign Minister Spindelegger, explaining Austria’s close collaboration with the countries of South Eastern Europe in the field of security.

Together with Turkey and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Austria supports a regional anti-terrorism workshop, jointly organised in Sarajevo on 27 and 28 October 2010 by the United Nations, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the Southeast European Co-operative Initiative (SECI). The event is being attended by more than 15 countries in the region as well as by pertinent regional initiatives and organisations in the field of security.

The participants are discussing firm recommendations as to how regional networks may be better utilised in preventing terrorism and combating organised crime.

As a member of the UN Security Council, Austria is particularly committed to the respect of human rights and the rule of law in combating terrorism. Austria has supported several UN initiatives in this context, including a high-ranking international workshop held in Vienna in October 2009. The Vienna-based UN Office on Drugs and Crime is an important partner with outstanding expertise in managing global security threats, such as terrorism, drug trafficking and organised crime.

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