UN boss uses 9/11 to call for global anti-terror treaty

September 9, 2011 08:24


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CANBERRA - UN chief Ban Ki-moon has used the approaching 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks on the United States to renew his call for a global counter-terrorism treaty, which has been thwarted for a decade amid arguments over what constitutes terrorism.

The UN has more than 13 separate treaties which cover terrorism, terror financing, hijacking and weapons of mass destruction, but wants a global convention to unite all aspects of counter terrorism and provide new impetus to combat threats.

"Our goal is to have a comprehensive convention dealing with the whole of international terrorism," Ban told a briefing on a visit to Australia, two days before the anniversary of the al-Qaida masterminded attacks that killed about 3,000 people.

"Regrettably, this has not come to this day. There has been some disagreement among member states," he added on the last day of his trip, which also took place in New Zealand and South Pacific.

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