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Seventeen Countries Adopt Antiterrorism Measures

22 October 2004 -- Foreign ministers from 17 nations meeting in the southeastern Kazakh city of Almaty today adopted confidence-building measures aimed at encouraging the sharing of information to curb terrorist, separatist, and extremist activities.

The measures also foresee the future exchange of information on defense budgets and on planned military activities, plus the exchange of observers at the countries' military exercises.

Attending the one-day Conference on Cooperation and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia are officials from Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Palestine, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.