• APA raises alarm over terrorist group

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    SIEM REAP, Cambodia: The Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) has adopted a resolution calling on its member-countries to take necessary measures against the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization (FETO).

    The passing of the APA’s Siem Reap resolution during its 9th plenary session held on November 28 to December 1 was preceded also by the adoption of another resolution by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) during its Council of Foreign Ministers’ 43rd session on October this year condemning FETO’s attempted coup against the government of Turkey on July 15, 2016.

    “[We in the APA] declare our full solidarity with the people and democratically elected government of Turkey in its fight against the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization in order to uphold democracy, justice, security and stability in the country, calling on member-countries of APA to take necessary measures against the terrorist organization,” the APA resolution stated.

    The OIC declaration states it “strongly condemns the violent coup attempt against the Constitution, president and government of Turkey and its people, perpetrated on 15 July 2016, by an armed faction and their civilian collaborators belonging to the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization.”

    The APA resolution also stated that its member-countries will combat all forms of terrorism “through international cooperation and law and moderation agenda and deradicalization initiatives, involving every level of society including youth and the private sector, while addressing and combating the root causes of radicalization, violent extremism and terrorism.”

    Syria strife, sustainable development
    The Siem Reap declaration also gave support to the Iraqi government’s war against terrorism and its resolve to liberate the country from terrorist groups.

    Also, the resolution expressed concerns over the “territorial unity” of Syria and condemned the killing of innocent people, especially children, in an ongoing civil war there.

    The APA “support[s]the call for deeper discussion and an international conference on the root causes of terrorism and the implications of regime change policies, including the assessment of human sufferings caused by this policy implementation,” the declaration stated.

    The Siam Reap declaration also recognized the need to address global warming and reaffirmed its support for the $100-billion mobilization goal of developed countries to address the issue as stated in the Marrakech Action Proclamation.

    The declaration stated that APA “stress[es]the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals and agree to work toward fully implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, bearing in mind the economic, social and environmental dimensions.”

    CMC

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