The United States proposed to the United Nations on Monday(25 September) its draft of an international treaty to combat terrorism.
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ROGERS: "Issues include universal condemnation of, and require the prosecution of, or the extradition of persons who kill, seriously injure or kidnap innocent civilians in a foreign state for the purpose of harming or forcing concessions from the state or from an international organisation. To complete such a treaty, we believe that a diplomatic conference should be convened as soon as possible. The United States government is today circulating the first draft of such a treaty. We urge all governments to give it their earnest consideration. As I say, we refer to this as a first draft because we are sure that there will be many suggestions made for change. We are perfectly flexible on the form of the treaty. But we think it is the kind of treaty that deserves our earnest attention.
Mr President, these actions would mark a major advance in the struggle against terrorism. Surely, it is in the collective interest of every nation represented in this hall to arrest the growing assault on international order with which we are all faced."
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Background: The United States proposed to the United Nations on Monday(25 September) its draft of an international treaty to combat terrorism.
Addressing the General Assembly on the first day of its annual policy debate, the U.S. Secretary of State Mr William Rogers said that political passion, however deeply held, could not be a justification for criminal violence against innocent people.
The treaty which Mr Rogers outlined in his speech would require all member nations to apply severs penalties against terrorists. It would also provide for countries to exchange information to help prevent acts of terrorism.
Some observers believe that Mr Rogers' proposal is likely to run into difficulties in the General Assembly. There is considerable resistance to action on terrorism, particularly from Arab countries. It was only by a vote of 66 to 27, with 33 abstentions, that UN members agreed over the past weekend to include it as an item for discussion this autumn.
SYNOPSIS: At the United Nations, on Monday, the American Secretary of State M William Rogers launched a United States drive to secure action against international terrorism. In his address to the General Assembly, Mr Rogers outlined the draft of a new treaty to combat terrorism.
Mr Rogers went on to urge acceptance of such a treaty in this session.