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G8 heads of state and government approved a communique on the conclusions of the Okinawa summit

July 23, 2000

The communique voiced profound concern about the increasing number of terrorist acts, including hijackings and hostage-taking, as well as continued terrorist activity in many regions. The communique said that the G8 was determined to combat all forms of terrorism regardless of their motivation. The sides advocated closer international cooperation in exchanging counter-terrorist information, more effective ways to prevent the financing of terrorist activity, and joint efforts to bring terrorists to justice.

The G8 leaders called on the international community to take urgent and effective action in order to prevent and settle armed conflicts and disputes by peaceful methods in compliance with the UN Charter.

The communique noted the need to draft effective legislation for combating transnational organised crime. The G8 therefore called for the approval of the UN Convention Against Transnational Crime in late 2000, as well as agreements on firearms, illegal migration and the slave trade.

The communique underlined the importance of transparent, safe, reliable, environmentally friendly and irreversible ways of utilising redundant weapon-grade plutonium.

The G8 leaders decided to draft an international plan for handling and recycling plutonium based on a similar draft plan and to establish a multi-lateral base for cooperation and coordination by the next summit.

The leaders also praised improved global systems for preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery vehicles.

The communique noted the need to examine subsequent multi-lateral measures to limit the spread of missile technologies and to assist with their adoption.

The summit participants expressed support for the programme of reforms implemented by the Russian Government and President Vladimir Putin.

July 23, 2000