Joint Statement with Russian President Putin
May 24, 2002
Reaffirming our commitment expressed on October 21, 2001 to fight terrorism
in all its forms wherever it may occur, we commend the efforts of the worldwide
coalition against terrorism since the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The
member nations of the coalition must continue their concerted action to deny
safe haven to terrorists; to destroy their financial, logistical, communications,
and other operational networks; and to bring terrorists to justice. We note
with satisfaction that U.S.-Russia counterterrorism cooperation is making an
important contribution to the global coalition against terrorism.
A successful campaign against terrorism must be conducted by nations through
bilateral, regional, and multilateral cooperation, and requires a multifaceted
approach that employs law enforcement, intelligence, diplomatic, political,
and economic actions. We stress that initiatives against terrorism must be conducted
in an atmosphere of rule of law and with respect for universal human rights.
Recognizing the importance of multilateral counterterrorism efforts, such as
those under the auspices of the United Nations, the Group of Eight, the European
Union, the OSCE, the "Six Plus Two" group, and NATO-Russia, we encourage
the further development of regional counterterrorism initiatives, including
within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and its cooperation
with the United States, that improve information-sharing, law enforcement cooperation,
and border security. Of these institutions, we note that the UN Security Council
Counterterrorism Committee plays a key coordinating role in the struggle against
international terrorism. In support of regional cooperation, the United States
is sponsoring a counterterrorism conference in June 2002 to include participation
from the Central Asian and Caucasus states, Afghanistan, Turkey, China, and
We call upon all nations to implement fully the provisions of UN Security Council
resolutions, including resolutions 1368, 1373, 1377 and 1390, directed against
terrorism, the Taliban, and al-Qaida, and to become parties at the earliest
opportunity to the twelve international antiterrorism conventions, including
the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism. The United
States supports conclusion of the Russian-proposed nuclear terrorism convention,
and joins Russia in urging other nations to enlist in the efforts to resolve
the outstanding issues related to the text. We call upon all nations to take
steps to comply with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations
on money laundering and terrorist financing. We shall work to block the financial
assets of named terrorists and their organizations without delay.
We underscore the need to bring to a logical conclusion efforts to eliminate
the terrorist infrastructure in Afghanistan related to Usama Bin Laden, the
al-Qaida organization, and the Taliban. Afghanistan should never again be a
haven for terrorism. Reaffirming our support for the important role of the UN
in efforts to implement successfully the Bonn Agreement, including the upcoming
Loya Jirga, we share a vision of a stable, independent Afghanistan at peace
with its neighbors and the rest of the world and on the road to a more prosperous
We recognize the links between illegal drug trafficking and terrorism and stress
the importance of U.S.-Russia cooperation on counternarcotics. Both our countries
are dedicated to continuing their support for regional initiatives, such as
those of the "Six Plus Two" Working Group on Drugs, to encourage cooperation
among member countries and to strengthen their counternarcotics capabilities.
We both strongly support the Afghan Interim Authority's plan to implement its
Believing that the sovereignty, long-term stability, prosperity, and further
democratic development of the states of Central Asia serve the strategic interests
of the United States and Russia, we pledge transparency and cooperation in our
relations with the states of Central Asia. An important step for ensuring their
security is to eradicate terrorist activities in Afghanistan once and for all
and to assist in the prevention of their reoccurrence.
We reaffirm our commitment to working with the Government of Georgia on counterterrorism
issues, while upholding Georgian sovereignty, and hope that the presence of
terrorists in this country will be eliminated. As members of the Friends of
the UN Secretary-General on Georgia, the United States and Russia remain committed
to advancing a peaceful, political resolution of the conflicts in Abkhazia and
South Ossetia. We pledge to work closely with all relevant parties to these
conflicts to reduce military tensions, address civilians' security concerns,
and foster a lasting political settlement that preserves Georgia's territorial
integrity and protects the rights of all of those involved in the conflicts.
We highly appreciate the contribution of the UN Security Council, concerned
states, and international mechanisms which participate in peaceful efforts toward
resolution of these conflicts.
We note with satisfaction the entry into force of the Treaty on Mutual Legal
Assistance in Criminal Matters between the United States of America and the
Russian Federation, which will facilitate joint efforts on criminal and terrorist
We will work to strengthen the exchange of professional know-how and experience
in such areas as transportation security, hostage takeover, and airplane hijacking,
We will work to strengthen national, bilateral, and multilateral measures to
prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, related technologies,
and delivery means as an essential element of the fight against international
terrorism and all those who support it.
An important step in our joint cooperation will be a meeting of our scientists
in June. We will seek to develop jointly new technology to detect nuclear material
that can be used to manufacture weapons for purposes of terrorism.
The U.S.-Russia Working Group on Afghanistan has proven a successful vehicle
for joint efforts between the United States and Russia to counter terrorism
emanating from Afghanistan. Recognizing the increased threat of terrorism originating
in other regions of the world, we have directed that the Working Group's agenda
be broadened, and that it be renamed the U.S.-Russia Working Group on Counterterrorism.
Among other issues, this Working Group will address the threats posed by nuclear,
biological, and chemical terrorism. The next meeting of the Working Group will
take place in the Washington area in July 2002.