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UN Council panel boosts efforts on counter terrorism

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United Nations, May 9 (UNI) The special committee of the UN Security Council monitoring the implementation by the states of counter terrorism measures contained in a Council resolution, is bolstering their efforts to implement these requirements, its Chairman said.

In a briefing to the UN member states on the work of the council's Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC), Danish envoy Margrethe Loj said the 15-member panel, after having gathered information from all 191 members about their steps to carry out resolution 1373, would move to emphasise "enhanced" implementation.

''The goal is to become a more focused partner in states' implementation of obligations and provisions under resolution 1373," she said.

Resolution 1373 was adopted in 2001 after the September 11 terrorist attacks against the United States and calls on countries to take several steps to enhance their legal and institutional capacity to be in a better position to counter terrorist activities nationally, regionally and globally.

The resolution also established the CTC, which has been evaluating the nature and level of assistance that a particular country might need to carry out those tasks.

Ms Loj said CTC also hoped that a thorough analysis of states' implementation of the resolution would give it a better basis for facilitation of assistance, the second key goal of its work. She added that CTC will enhance both its dialogue with the UN members as well as its cooperation with international and regional organisations.

In addition, the CTC will work with states on the implementation of resolution 1624, which was adopted in September 2005 during the UN World Summit and deals with incitement to commit terrorist acts.

CTC is to analyse the information received from the states and report its findings to the full Security Council in September.

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