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Group of 8 Finds Unity on the Threat of Terrorism

Despite lingering political differences, the justice and interior ministers of the world’s leading industrialized countries appeared to reach unanimity today on the persistence of the terrorist threat, even if their governments differ at times on the means to counter it. After a one-day meeting in Paris, the ministers from the Group of 8 countries declared that “terrorism continues to present both a pervasive and global threat to our societies that we have to respond to effectively and immediately.” The meeting was called to prepare for the Group of 8 summit meeting to be held in June in the French town of Évian, and which President Bush plans to attend. Attorney General John Ashcroft joined the meeting today, but did not take part in a news conference after the session. In a statement released at the discussions’ conclusion, the ministers said they had “evaluated the terrorist threat in light of the international situation and the latest developments in the fight against Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.” Full Story

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