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International meet on fighting terrorism begins in Portugal today

Officials from top international organisations, including the EU and NATO, begin a two-day meeting in Lisbon on Monday which will explore ways to boost regional co-operation in the fight against terrorism. European Union Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Antonio Vitorino and NATO deputy secretary general Alessandro Minuto Rizzo are among the key-note speakers who are scheduled to take part in the conference, which officially gets underway at 2:30 pm local time. The meeting will take place against a backdrop of continued concern over the threat of terrorism in the wake of last month’s suicide bombing of the headquarters of the United Nations in Baghdad which killed 23 people, as well as recent attacks in Indonesia, Morocco and the Middle East. The conference is seen as a follow-up to a gathering of top officials, mostly from the US and Europe, held in Lisbon in June 2002 when Portugal held the rotating chairmanship of the 55-nation Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Full Story

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