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DATE=10/19/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-N - TERRORISM (L - ONLY) NUMBER=2-255248 BYLINE=MAX RUSTON DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United Nations Security Council is (Tuesday) calling for stronger international cooperation in the fight against terrorism. The call comes amid concerns that new terrorism threats -- involving high-technology and weapons of mass destruction -- are on the increase. V-O-A's U-N correspondent Max Ruston reports. TEXT: The Security Council unanimously approved a resolution denouncing all forms of terrorism. The resolution stresses the need for governments to improve their cooperation in fighting terrorism. It says terrorism often poses a threat to international peace and security, a choice of words that will likely be used in the future to justify Council measures against states that support terrorism. Council President Sergei Lavrov of Russia, speaking through an interpreter: /// LAVROV ACT (INTERPRETER) /// The resolution adopted today, is, in a way, an antiterrorist manifesto, defining high priority areas for such interaction, among which there are universalization of multilateral conventions to combat terrorism, coordination of the activities of states and multilateral and regional organizations, mutual assistance to protect citizens, to prevent and halt terrorist acts, to investigate them and bring to justice perpetrators and those guilty also of preparing and financing them. /// END ACT /// While Russia's U-N ambassador focussed on the need for international cooperation, several other speakers in the open session of the Security Council warned of new types of terrorism. Canada's ambassador says there is a widening range of targets vulnerable to terrorist acts, including the internet, global communications systems, electricity grids and telecommunications and water facilities. The Deputy Representative from the Netherlands, Alphons Hamer, says these factors create a new threat of what he calls catastrophic terrorism. /// HAMER ACT /// What is new is the degree of sophistication of terrorist acts and terrorism's increasingly global character. Enormous financial gains from illicit transactions, the abundant availability of both small arms and the most sophisticated weaponry as well as the easy access to technology all helped create an ever more dangerous type of terrorist. Extensive international networks of organized criminals are creating an infrastructure of so-called catastrophic terrorism which poses a threat to international peace and security. /// END ACT /// Security Council members say they have recently stepped up their involvement in fighting terrorism, most recently with a U-S-sponsored resolution approved last week denouncing Afghanistan for its support of alleged terrorist Usama bin Laden. U-S Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke says that resolution reflects the clear determination of Washington to fight all forms of terrorism. /// HOLBROOKE ACT /// The United States' policy on terrorism is clear and simple: terrorism is a criminal activity regardless of the circumstances or reasons. There are no mitigating factors. There are no questions. We do not tolerate it, and we will continue to pursue its perpetrators until they are brought to justice. /// END ACT /// Mr. Holbrooke dismissed what he described as phony arguments about so-called just causes for terrorism. He said it is time for Council members to summon the political courage to more seriously address the threat of terrorism at home and abroad. (Signed) NEB/MPR/LSF/TVM/PT 19-Oct-1999 15:32 PM EDT (19-Oct-1999 1932 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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