The United Nations Security Council is considering a U-S-initiated anti-terrorism resolution that would freeze terrorists' finances and target their other forms of support.
The United States U-N ambassador, John Negroponte, formally introduced the draft resolution Thursday and said he hopes it will be adopted in a few days. Washington is said to be trying for passage of the resolution ahead of the U-N General Assembly debate on terrorism, which is to begin Monday.
Mr. Negroponte declined to discuss details of the resolution, saying only that it calls on member states to take necessary measures to suppress the terrorist groups' activities. If adopted, the resolution would be binding on all (189) members of the United Nations.
Meanwhile, U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan has appealed to donor countries to contribute nearly 600-million dollars, to deal with what he called a desperate humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
Representatives from several donor countries met with U-N officials in Berlin Thursday to assess the situation in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan's neighbors anticipate a flood of refugees as thousands of Afghans flee their homes for fear of U-S military strikes in response to terrorist attacks in the United States.
U-N officials say they are preparing to deliver several planeloads of food to Pakistan, Iran and Turkmenistan.