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Jointly submitted by Australia, the Philippines and the Republic of Peru

The Sixth Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum,

Recalling the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum Resolution on Terrorism adopted unanimously at the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Forum in Vancouver, Canada on January 1997 (APPF5/Res/Pol/4);

Appreciating that the defense of freedom, justice, and respect for fundamental human rights recognized by the Universal Declaration on Human Rights are primary duties of the states;

Recognizing that acts of terrorism, irrespective of their perpetrators, manifestations, methods, motivations or place of perpetration, constitute serious crimes;

Noting that terrorism in all its forms remains a major challenge for the international community;

Recalling the support of the international community for United Nations General Assembly Resolution 5 1/2 10 on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism which was adopted without a vote on December 17, 1996;

Convinced of the need to intensify the cooperation that exists at the regional level and of the urgency to adopt measures that enable a concerted and effective response to the terrorist threat;

Resolves to:

Reiterate the recommendations contained in the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum Resolution on Terrorism (APPF/Res/Pol/4);

Declare that terrorist acts are wrong in all circumstances regardless of political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious, or any other considerations that may be invoked to justify them;

Condemn unequivocally all acts, methods, and practices of terrorist activities as criminal and unjustifiable;

Emphasize the importance of strengthening the rule of law as a principal means of countering terrorism;

Call upon all countries to actively participate in the conventions covering various aspects of international terrorism and to refrain from offering support for terrorist activities;

Urge all APPF member countries to develop further cooperative measures aimed at detecting, deterring, and responding to acts of terrorism wherever they occur.