Deny safe havens to terrorists, US urges UN members

December 10th, 2008 - 12:18 am ICT by IANS  

United Nations, Dec 9 (IANS) The US Tuesday urged countries to deny terrorists safe haven and bring to justice all those who plan and fund acts of terrorism.”We urge all member states to comply with their international obligations to deny terrorists safe havens and to bring to justice those who finance, facilitate or perpetrate terrorist acts,” said US Ambassador to the UN Zalmay Khalilzad.

Speaking during the course of a Security Council thematic debate on terrorism, Khalilzad said: “We also urge member states to make all efforts to deny terrorists the benefits of any concessions or financial benefits obtained through hostage taking or other illicit activities.”

In the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorist attacks that killed 172 people, including several foreign nationals, the US has been pushing Pakistan to initiate action against those who were responsible for the killing of innocent people, including several US nationals last month.

“The recent terrorist attacks specifically targeting civilians in Mumbai, India, serve as a stark reminder of the threat we all face from terrorism,” Khalilzad said.

“No geographic region, country or international organisation is immune. Acts of terrorism threaten all people and all nations,” the US Ambassador said, urging all the member nations to come together in a strategic coordinated manner.

Strongly condemning suicide bombings and hostage taking as acts of terrorism, he said these cannot be justified or excused under any circumstances.

“The use of suicide bombings by terrorists is a particularly barbarous act which indiscriminately targets and often victimises the most vulnerable of our citizens including women, children and the elderly,” Khalilzad said.

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