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Bondevik drums up anti-terror support

Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik and former Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel assembled 20 world leaders in New York this week. Their goal: To flesh out the roots of terror and stamp them out. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan was among those who took part in the anti-terror conference at the Hotel Barclay Intercontinental in New York. He noted that terrorism can only be conquered if the world actively tries to settle the political conflicts that give rise to it. Annan said that anti-terror efforts coordinated through the United Nations had the greatest chance of succeeding. He said peoples’ hearts and minds must be won in the fight to disarm terrorists. Bondevik, in his opening remarks, said there are no excuses for terror. Nothing can justify it, he said. He offered concrete proposals for fighting terrorism: Supporting economic and social development in poor countries that breed terrorists, promoting dialogue over religious borders and funding education to bash terrorism’s image among children. Full Story

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