Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Dagestan President: Terrorists Now Understand Our Language Of Force

Posted by Info on 28/04/2011

The president of Dagestan, Magomedsalam Magomedov, believes the solution to the terrorist problem lies in improving the standard of living in the region. In an interview he says it would help prevent militants from boosting their ranks.

RT: Recently, you have had a major success in liquidating the Dagestan chapter of the most-wanted militant network in Russia. Does this mean you are winning the war on terror?
MM: Of course, this is a very important event. A big group of militants have been killed along with their leader, which is a great success...They reject us when we urge them to lay down weapons and return to a peaceful life. … they now only understand the language of force. And, of course, such operations will continue until we have eliminated the terrorist underground in our republic. ..This, however, is not the only method we use to fight terrorism. This is just the coercive aspect. We also need to strip extremists and terrorists of their base, stop the inflow of new recruits, and that requires solving a wide range of issues.

  • RT: How can this be achieved? In fact, you’re saying exactly what the president’s representative in the North Caucasus, Aleksandr Khloponin, says: that the problem is not that there are a thousand militants, but that they keep refilling their ranks. How do you break this vicious cycle?
    MM: This is a more complex task that requires a systemic, comprehensive approach. Terrorism is a global phenomenon. It is not limited to our republic, or our region, and methods to fight it are well-known. First of all, we need to change the social and economic situation in the republic. We must restore the economy, create new jobs, and get young people involved in normal life. We need to give them education and jobs.

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