Ukraine's Foreign Minister, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Kostiantyn Hryshchenko, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mevlut Cavusoglu, have pledged to strengthen the international legal framework to combat terrorism in all its forms, reads a joint statement on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, UKRINFORM learned from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

"We reiterate our firm determination to continue fighting international terrorism, through strengthening the international legal framework, addressing the causes of terrorism and safeguarding the respect for fundamental values shared by the member states of the Council of Europe," reads the statement posted on the official website of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE).

Hryshchenko, Jagland and Cavusoglu stressed that terrorism in all its forms is a violation of the most fundamental human right: the right to life. Regardless of where, by whom and against whom terrorist offences are perpetrated, these crimes affect us all and target humanity as a whole.

"The purpose of terrorism is to induce fear and to create divisions. Our response must be based on human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Terrorists are set to destroy these fundamental values and by protecting them, we make terrorists fail," says the document.

Apart from this, the officials also extended condolences to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks: "On this day of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks we first and foremost pay tribute to the victims and their families".

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