EU and Mediterranean Leaders Compromise on Anti-Terrorism Conduct Code
28 November 2005
European Union and Mediterranean officials at a summit in Barcelona, Spain, have reached a last-minute agreement on a code of conduct in the war against terrorism.
At an often fractious conference that ended Monday, diplomats worked into the night Sunday trying to agree on how to define terrorism.
Some Arab delegates wanted to distinguish between terrorism and what they call "resistance movements," but European officials insisted that the code reflect that terrorism is never justified. First reports indicated that a compromise was worked out.
The summit marked the 10th anniversary of the Euro-Mediterranean partnership, which includes all 25 EU states, Israel, the Palestinian Authority and eight mostly Arab Mediterranean countries. But only the Mediterranean leaders from Turkey and the Palestinian Authority attending the Barcelona summit. Others were absent for various reasons.
Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.
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