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Pakistan Calls UN Security Council Terrorism Debate

Pakistan has announced it will convene a United Nations Security Council debate on the effectiveness of the international community's counterterrorism policies.

Ambassador Masood Khan of Pakistan, holder of the Security Council's rotating presidency for January, said the debate would occur on January 15.

Khan said the international community has seen only "partial" success in the battle against terrorism, and that a more "coherent" and "comprehensive" strategy must be developed.

He said the root causes of terrorism must be addressed, alongside military and intelligence operations against terrorists.

Khan declined to comment about whether drones, such as the kind used by the United States to targeted suspected militants in Pakistan and elsewhere, are an effective tool to fight terrorism.

Pakistan has suffered thousands of casualties from terrorism in the past decade.

With reporting by dpa
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