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United Kingdom
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw
Statement on UN Security Council's Anti-Terrorism Resolution
September 29, 2001

‘UN Security Council Resolution 1373 is historic. For the first time, the Security Council is imposing obligations on all States to prevent terrorism worldwide. It underlines the determination of all States to join together in the fight against terrorists.

‘All states owe it to the victims of the World Trade Centre attacks and other terrorist atrocities to implement these measures. A number of them are already in force in the UK through the Terrorism Act 2000 – the UK’s tough anti-terrorism law. We are nonetheless considering urgently what further domestic legislation may be required.’

Notes for Editors

1. The resolution focuses on two key areas: suppressing the financing of terrorism, and denying terrorists a safe haven in which to operate. It also calls on States to ratify the 12 UN and international terrorism conventions and implement them in full. It seeks to improve the international exchange of information on terrorist activities and international cooperation in a number of other relevant fields. And it sets up a Security Council Committee to monitor States’ implementation of the resolution, to which States must report action taken within 90 days.

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