UN chief: work together against terrorism

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Posted: Sep 19, 2011 6:01 PM
UN chief: work together against terrorism

Saudi Arabia will donate $10 million for a new counterterrorism center at U.N. headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday as world leaders called for collective efforts to fight terror attacks.

Ban told member states at a high-level gathering on counterterrorism that they must work together across borders and regions to combat the scourge.

The U.N. chief also announced that the world body had signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia for the new $10 million U.N. Center for Counterterrorism.

"What I see here today is the start of a new era in counterterrorism cooperation," Ban said. "States recognize that they cannot go it alone."

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere told a media round table later that terror can strike any country at any time, referring to the massacre of 77 people by a lone gunman in his country on July 22.

"There is a similarity in terrorism that is downright scary," he said. "That is why it is an international issue and that is why it is U.N. business."

Earlier in the day, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe voice a similar view: "The tragic attacks that plunged Norway into mourning and the recent attacks perpetrated in Iraq, Afghanistan and India remind us of this fact: no population, no State can now consider itself permanently immune to the threat of terrorism," French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told the gathering earlier in the day.

"The fight against terrorism is not about one country fighting another. It's not about one civilization fighting another," said Juppe. "It concerns us all. Democracy is waging a war against indiscriminate and craven violence, wherever it originates."

Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey underscored the importance of ensuring that human rights are protected by collaborative counterterrorism efforts, noting that all countries must "have the same conception of what this fight involves."