The Draft Outcome Document prepared by the UN General Assembly for the upcoming 2005 World Summit includes a section on terrorism, under issues relating to **Peace and Collective Security**. Taking place from September 14-16, the Summit will bring together more than 170 Heads of State and Government. *(See link to related story and reports below)*
The draft statement condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and welcomes the Secretary-General’s counter-terrorism strategy. After informal consultations, Governments have resolved to conclude a comprehensive convention on international terrorism, including a legal definition of terrorist acts, during the 60th session of the General Assembly.
The important role played by the United Nations in combating terrorism is acknowledged, with recognition that international cooperation to fight terrorism should be conducted in conformity with international law, including the United Nations Charter and relevant international conventions and protocols.
The declaration also proposes support for the early entry into force of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, and urges nations that have not done so to accede to the 12 other international conventions and protocols against terrorism without further delay.
**U.S. Moves to Strengthen U.N. Terrorism Statement**
The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. this week urged stronger anti-terror language in the document. Amb. John Bolton said, *”a clear, strong declaration on terrorism will bolster our common efforts to preserve peace and security. A statement that will contribute to the timely adoption of the proposed Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism would represent a significant achievement in the U.N.’s global effort to counter terrorism.”*
Reports are that during the three-day summit, the Security Council is planning a session highlighting terrorism, with President Bush expected to join the heads of state of the other 14 members of the Security Council in a public meeting on the issue.