UN Security Council committee meets to discuss ways to step up anti-terror efforts

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The UN Security Council committee in charge of efforts to combat terrorism met on Tuesday for the start of a three-day meeting with regional organizations designed at stepping up international strategies, UN officials said.

At the special meeting of the Security Council Counter- Terrorism Committee (CTC), which is being hosted by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, it is expected that the focus will be on improving the prevention policies, specifically dealing with radicalization, incitement and terrorist recruitment, the officials said.

Participants include representatives of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Council of Europe, who will also take on the issues of the role of law enforcement, as well as the criminal justice system in preventing terrorism, the officials said.

This includes information-sharing between the counterparts of different law enforcement agencies in addition to the prosecution of offenses related to terrorism, said the officials.

Indian UN Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri, who is chairman of the CTC, said at the opening session that terrorism symbolizes the greatest threat to international peace and security.

"Just as terrorism is continuously evolving, so should our policies and strategies," he said, noting that "prevention is one important piece of the puzzle."

The CTC, formed in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S., is tasked with ensuring the implementation of Security Council resolutions that deal with terrorism. It also presses member states to take the critical steps in preventing and combating terrorism.

Source: Xinhua
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