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G-20 Nations Agree on Anti-Terrorism Plan, Aid for Afghanistan - 2001-11-18


The world's leading financial powers, meeting in Canada, have agreed on sweeping measures to combat terrorism.

The Group of 20 industrialized and developing nations adopted an action plan on terrorist financing during talks over the past two days (Friday and Saturday) in Ottawa, the Canadian capital.

Nations taking part in the meeting agreed to cut off terrorists' access to the international financial system by freezing their assets and sharing intelligence on their financial transactions.

Finance ministers also discussed reconstruction aid for war-torn Afghanistan, Argentina's effort to restructure its 132-billion-dollar public debt and the suspension of debt payments for poorer nations.

The talks, which conclude later today (Sunday), were held amid tight security as thousands of people marched to protest the conflict in Afghanistan and the effects of economic globalization on poor nations.

Police have arrested more than 20 people since Friday, during protests in which demonstrators knocked down barricades near the meeting site and smashed shop windows.

The Group of 20 meeting was originally to be held in India, but was moved to the Canadian capital after Indian officials expressed concern about security following the September 11th terrorist attacks in the United States.

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