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RIA Novosti

GENEVA, March 17 (RIA Novosti) - Russia calls on all nations for strengthening the refuge regime for efficient combating of terrorism, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Yuri Fedotov told the 61st session of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.

He said that Russia views as inadmissible the granting of the refugee status to persons who "committed, planned, funded or were in any other way connected with committing acts of terrorism".

"The granting of refuge to such persons, refusal to extradite them to countries where they are to be taken to account is nothing else but connivance at terrorists", he added.

"One more time we call on states granting the refugee status of refuge to persons who have planned, promoted the commitment of participated in the commitment of terrorist acts to revise such decisions", stressed the Russian deputy foreign minister.

"Declarations of political motives should not be recognized as the grounds for rejecting requests for the extradition of terrorists", as intended by Resolution 58/195, adopted at the 59th session of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Fedotov said.

At this year's session of the UN Human Rights Commission, Russia is expected to be the principal author of the resolution Human Rights and Terrorism.

Established in 1946, the commission is the main UN human rights body. Work of the 61st session of the commission will continue until April 22.

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