The United Nations Ad Hoc Committee on International Terrorism, in the second day of its meeting, on Tuesday (24 July) saw a serious clash between French and Canadian delegates.
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M. Mel Museum, the French delegate said: (in French)
"France will abstain on Resolution 3034, as it has in respect of similar resolutions that have been presented because these texts have not achieved the general consensus necessary to deal with the problem, a fault which, in our view, can only further divide the international community, bring about new confrontations, and finally fail to resolve the problem."
Mr. Erik B. Wang, the Canadian delegate said: (in English)
"At the same time, we cannot wait until the causes of international terrorism are identified and eliminated before adopting measures to counter international terrorism. It is apparent to each of our governments in the domestic realm that governments are not able to wait until underlying caused of crime and violence have been removed before enacting national penal laws. In the months since the question of international terrorism was taken up in the General Assembly, we have had renewed tragic reminders of the fact that international terrorism posed an unacceptable threat to innocent persons in different parts of the world. It is an urgent and worldwide problem effecting the whole community of nations."
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Background: The United Nations Ad Hoc Committee on International Terrorism, in the second day of its meeting, on Tuesday (24 July) saw a serious clash between French and Canadian delegates.
The French delegate. M. Mel Museux, said his country would abstain from a vote on Resolution 3034 -- a motion binding member nations to anti-terrorist measures -- in the belief that measures could not be taken "without considering the profound causes" of terrorism.
Replying, Mr. Erik B. Wang, the Canadian delegate, insisted that action had to be taken immediately due to "the threat to innocent persons in different parts of the world and the whole community of nations."
Formation of the committee followed a week of wrangling among the delegates regarding ??? and agenda.
Delegates from Nigeria and Uruguay has previously spoken to condemn terrorism but without declaring their countries' willingness to take action.