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UN Unveils Counterterrorism Strategy

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan (CTK) May 2, 2006 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan today released a new counterterrorism strategy emphasizing the need to dissuade people from resorting to terrorism and deter states from supporting it.

Annan's strategy calls for increased efforts to combat the potential abuse of biotechnology and the Internet for terrorist purposes.

The document also stresses the need to defend human rights while fighting terrorism -- both the rights of potential
victims and those of terrorism suspects.

Annan said it is essential that UN member states quickly conclude a "Comprehensive Convention On International Terrorism." Efforts to draft such a convention have previously failed, partly due to a lack of consensus on the definition of terrorism.

(AFP, dpa)