UN Security Council approves resolution to boost anti-terror efforts

The UN Security Council Friday unanimously adopted a resolution sponsored by Russia calling on all countries to prosecute or extradite terrorists and those supporting them. Resolution 1566 was put forth by Russia following several harsh attacks there. The resolution creates a working group to monitor actions taken by countries against terrorists beyond the work done by a the UN committee covering al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The resolution was changed in final negotiations to limit its reach to criminal acts covered in international terror conventions, quelling the fears of several countries, including Pakistan and Algeria, that the resolution would reach all those fighting in liberation wars and would create a new terrorist list. Amnesty International said the language of the resolution was too broad and could unintentionally cover human rights or political activists. The UN has more on its efforts to fight terrorism. Read the UN press release on the resolution. AP has more.

 

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