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UN Security Council Approves Anti-Terror Resolution

UN Security Council 8 October 2004 -- The UN Security Council approved unanimously today a Russia-backed resolution calling on all nations to prosecute or extradite anyone supporting, financing, or participating in terrorist acts.

Russia introduced the resolution after militants staged a series of recent attacks, including hostage-taking at a North Ossetian school that ended with the deaths of some 330 people, many of whom were children.

The resolution creates a Security Council working group to study measures to be taken against terrorists other than Al-Qaeda or Afghanistan's former ruling Taliban.

The council already has imposed travel bans, arms embargoes, and other sanctions against those groups and their supporters. But it has not examined what actions to take against other terrorists.

In negotiations before the vote, the council clarified that the resolution applies only to acts defined in international conventions dealing with terrorism.


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