Helsinki (2008) (excerpts)

Helsinki 2008 (Decisions: Decision No. 10/08 on Further Promoting the OSCE’s Action in Countering Terrorism) (excerpts)

The Ministerial Council,

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Reaffirming the existing OSCE counter-terrorism commitments and the intention to maintain
counter-terrorism activities among the priorities of the OSCE,

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Reiterating the need to address conditions that may foster and sustain terrorism, in particular
by fully respecting democracy and the rule of law, by allowing all citizens to participate
fully in political life, by preventing discrimination and encouraging intercultural and interreligious
dialogue in their societies, by engaging civil society in finding common political settlement
for conflicts, by promoting human rights and tolerance and by combating poverty,

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1. Calls upon the participating States and the OSCE executive structures to continue
their efforts aimed at actively contributing to the implementation of the UN Global
Counter‑Terrorism Strategy and other UN counter‑terrorism documents;

2. Calls upon the participating States to continue promoting public‑private partnerships with
civil society, media, the business community and industry in countering terrorism, including
through the dissemination of lessons learned and exchange of relevant information and
national best practices both at the OSCE and national, subregional and regional levels, where
appropriate;

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4. Calls upon the OSCE participating States to make use of the OSCE executive structures
in countering violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism in their respective
countries. To this end, participating States are encouraged to continue to exchange ideas and
national best practices about their strategies and measures to counter violent extremism and
radicalization that lead to terrorism as well as to enhance their co‑operation with media, the
business community, industry and civil society;

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