UN: Anti-terrorist measures after 9/11 implemented around world
An anti-terrorist resolution adopted in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States has been effectively implemented by governments around the world, UN diplomats said Wednesday, DPA reported.
The UN Security Council set up a Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) to monitor implementation of resolution 1373, adopted within two weeks of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.
The resolution asked governments to draw up legislation to fight terrorism within their borders and in their region.
German UN Ambassador Peter Wittig said at a conference marking the 10th anniversary of the resolution that it had been "effectively" implemented by the European Union. He said laws adopted by governments elsewhere "exceeded expectations."
Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri of India, the current chair of the CTC, said in a progress report that the resolution - and the United Nations' strategy to fight terrorism through legislation and sanctions - had helped UN members to face terrorism through the rule of law.
Turkish Ambassador Ertegrul Aapakan said governments had shown "coherent and effective cooperation" in fighting terrorism.
Measures introduced in resolution 1373 include criminalizing the financing of terrorism, freezing funds belonging to people involved in acts of terrorism and denying funds to terrorist groups.
In addition, governments are to cooperate in sharing information related to terrorist groups and to prosecute and extradite terrorists under the resolution.