East European leaders discuss fight against terrorism

Leaders of 16 Eastern European countries meet in Warsaw on 6 November to co-ordinate their counter-terrorism fight. The regional summit is expected to express full support for the US-led anti-terrorism campaign in Afghanistan following the 11 September attacks in New York and Washington.

US President George Bush will address the Eastern European leaders by satellite link to thank them for backing the international anti-terror efforts.

The participants will discuss tightening control on movements of people, information and money across borders in the region to prevent it from being used to prepare terrorist attacks against the West. Eastern Europe is seen as a conduit for illegal immigrants and drugs from the Middle East, destined for Western Europe.

Eastern European leaders are expected to adopt an action plan for the fight against terrorism, including a better exchange of intelligence on money laundering and drug trafficking in the region.

 

The Warsaw summit will be attended by the presidents of Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Yugoslavia, and high officials from Russia. The conference will be attended by observers from the EU, NATO, OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe), Belarus and Turkey.

 

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