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SAARC agrees on terror protocol

M K Razdan in Islamabad | January 02, 2004 19:23 IST
Last Updated: January 02, 2004 20:21 IST

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation foreign ministers, who are preparing for the full summit, have reached an agreement on an eleven-page Additional Protocol on Terrorism, Foreign Secretary Shashank said in Islamabad on Friday.

This document, along with South Asian Free Trade Area Agreement, paves the way for a historic summit, he said.

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Extradition of terrorists and measures to choke financing of terrorism and money laundering are among the major obligations that SAARC countries will now have to fulfil.

The document calls for mutual legal assistance in dealing with terrorism, cooperation among law enforcement authorities, domestic measures against terrorism as well as denial of refugee status to terrorists.

Serious differences between India and Pakistan over the definition of terrorism had held up for over two years the document.

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