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U-S Introduces Proposal To Security Council on Terrorist Finances - 2001-09-27


The United States has introduced a draft resolution in the U-N Security council aimed at stopping the financing of terrorist groups.

The U-S ambassador to the United Nations, John Negroponte, told reporters Thursday the measure targets financial and other forms of support for terrorism. Also, the resolution would deny safe haven to terrorists and groups that plan, support or commit terrorist acts.

The measure, if passed, would be binding to all U-N member nations and a committee would be set up to monitor the its implementation.

The Associated Press quotes Mr. Negroponte as saying he expects the proposal to be adopted by the end of September.

The U-N Ambassadors from the United States and the other four permanent Security Council members - Britain, China, France and Russia - are reported to have discussed the proposal for the first time on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the U-N special envoy for Afghanistan, Francesco Vendrell, says he believes the hardline Taleban faction can play a role in any future government in Afghanistan.

He made the remark at a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan. He said there is a role for any faction in Afghanistan if it has the backing of the Afghan people.

Mr. Vendrell said he has met with 86-year-old former Afghan King Zahir Shah. King Zahir Shah has lived in Rome in exile since 1973. He is now being discussed as a possible sponsor of the transition to a new Afghan government.

The U-N envoy said he found the king in good health and willing to help the Afghan people. Mr. Vendrell said the deposed king is not seeking a specific role.

Several exiled Afghan leaders and groups have called on Zahir Shah to convene a Loya Jirga, or traditional assembly. The Loya Jirga could elect a new leader and replace the five-year-old Taleban regime.

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