2004 Public Statement

Overview of February's Counter-Terrorism Conference
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued the following OVERVIEW of the Counter-Terrorism International Conference scheduled for Riyadh on February 5-8, 2005


Human societies have suffered from terrorism throughout history.  In recent times, the severity of this suffering has increased to the extent that terrorism has become a global phenomenon that preoccupies and causes concern to all those who are seeking peace, security and stability. For this reason, international efforts are required to contain and effectively ward off terrorism in a serious, responsible, and just manner that will ensure its elimination, preserve innocent lives, and safeguard national sovereignty and stability as well as world peace and security.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has therefore taken up the task of mobilizing international efforts to confront and uproot terrorism, prevent its growth, and dry up its sources of funding, and is convening this conference. The aim of the conference is to enhance ongoing endeavors to confront terrorism through mustering wide-ranging efforts that involve the countries affected. It is also geared toward exchanging views and expertise, and reaching appropriate recommendations and suggestions to combat this dangerous epidemic.

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  1. To highlight the concepts and causes of terrorism, the historical, intellectual and cultural developments that nurture its roots within human communities.
  2. To illustrate the relationships between terrorism and money laundering, narcotics, and arms smuggling.
  3. To identify the structural aspects of terrorist organizations, their composition and working patterns.
  4. To have participating countries and international organizations share experiences in combating terrorism and exchange information and expertise.
  5. To reach practical conclusions and suggestions for the support of international efforts in the war on terrorism



1. Origins and sources of terrorism

2. Terrorist culture and ideology

3. Terrorism and narcotics

4. Terrorism and arms smuggling

5. Lessons learned from experience in combating terrorism

6. Terrorism and money laundering

7. The formation and organization of terrorist groups



Participating will be a number of countries affected by acts of terrorism, in addition to several international and regional organizations.

Working Progress and Guidelines

  1. The Organizing Committee of the Conference welcomes working papers that are in line with the objectives and themes of the conference.  Papers should be received two weeks prior to the beginning of the conference.  Additional suggestions from participants will also be considered.
  2. Papers should be submitted in Arabic and English with an executive summary of no more than 500 words.
  3. Papers should be prepared in MS Word document format, and submitted in both printed and electronic forms.