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The following joint statement on terrorism was agreed upon by the Foreign Ministers of Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Moldova (GUUAM) and Under Secretary of State Marc Grossman following a November 14 meeting held during the 56th Session of the United Nations General Assembly:
"The United States and the GUUAM member states stand united against terrorism and together resolutely denounce the barbaric acts of terrorism that were committed against the United States on September 11, 2001. The attacks represented an attack not only against the United States but on the whole of the international community and on people of all faiths and cultures. These monstrous acts and terrorism in general are a challenge to the fundamental values for which our societies stand. Together, the United States and the GUUAM member states will work to bring the perpetrators of the September 11 attack to justice and to fight terrorism. This conflict is a struggle to defend values common to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
"The United States and the GUUAM member states acknowledge that terrorism is not identified with any religion or culture. Together they will work in the international coalition to fight terrorism. This effort will be long and sustained and will define a new era in international relations. Already, the individual states that comprise GUUAM are working closely with the U.S. on combating terrorism, and have agreed on the crucial importance of mutual cooperation, especially in ensuring the security of transport corridors and preventing drug trafficking, illegal weapons trade and illegal migration. During their meeting, the Foreign Ministers of the GUUAM states and the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs explored possibilities for increased cooperation on counterterrorism between the United States and GUUAM as an important regional organization.
"The United States and the GUUAM member states pledge to reinforce and develop bilateral and multilateral co-operation with each other, within GUUAM, with the United Nations and with other international and regional organizations in order to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. The United States and the GUUAM member states are determined to contribute to the fulfillment of international obligations as enshrined in United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1368, 1373 and 1377 (2001) as well as UN General Assembly Resolution 56/1, and will act in conformity with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The GUUAM countries pledge to become parties to all twelve United Nations Conventions and Protocols related to terrorism as soon as possible.
"The United States and the GUUAM member states, recognizing the threat of terrorism, have reiterated their continued support for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, as well as democratic development, of the GUUAM member states."
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