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Kazakhstan Hosting Global Terrorism Conference

26 January 2005 -- Officials from across the world are meeting in Kazakhstan today to discuss the international war on terrorism.

The three-day meeting in Almaty is the fourth such regional conference organized by the UN Security Council's Committee on Counter-Terrorism. It is cosponsored by the Commonwealth of Independent States, the grouping of former Soviet Union republics dominated by Russia.

The UN committee was created shortly after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. It works to enforce a resolution that requires all UN member nations to freeze the finances and restrict the movements of any individual or group with ties to the Al-Qaeda network, which has been blamed for the attacks.

Representatives from the European Union, NATO, African Union, Asian Development Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the League of Arab States are among those expected to attend the talks.