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United Nations Calls on World to Crack Down on Terrorism

The U.N. resolution flew through the usually slow process of Security Council approval.

Under the provisions of Resolution 1373, members of the United Nations are required to suppress financing of terrorists and work to share more information on suspicious activities.

“[Member states must] refrain from providing any form of support, active or passive, to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts,” the resolution reads, in part. “[States must also] find ways of intensifying and accelerating the exchange of operational information, especially regarding actions or movements of terrorist persons or networks.”

The United States proposed the resolution on Wednesday. U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte called it “an unprecedented resolution against terrorism in the work of the United Nations.”

The council also created a monitoring commission to ensure the member states implement the stringent requirements.

Immediately after the attacks on New York and Washington, the Security Council unanimously approved a resolution, declaring them a threat to international security and affirming the United States’ ability to “individual or collective self-defense.”

The resolution approved Friday goes much further, demanding action by all nations and allowing the U.N. to take measures to restore international peace and security.

Some nations expressed concern that the Security Council took this action, saying instead the full General Assembly of the 189 member states ought to have consider such a resolution.

British representatives, who sit on the Security Council, said action needed to be take quickly.

“There is now, today, a very real threat to international peace and security,” Jeremy Greenstock, Britain’s U.N. ambassador, said explaining why the council had taken action.

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