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United Nations Articles Leaders at U.N. Seek Anti-Terror Treaty T Monday September 19, 2005 9:16 AM By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Having already agreed to condemn terrorism,  leaders at the U.N. General Assembly urged quick adoption of a  comprehensive global treaty that would put the words into action. But one issue in particular is causing trouble - how to define terrorism amid  concern independence struggles would be targeted. Speakers at the assembly's annual ministerial meeting welcomed the  adoption in April of a global treaty to prevent nuclear terrorism. The treaty  makes it a crime to damage a nuclear facility or possess radioactive  material or weapons with the intention of committing a terrorist act. A British-sponsored resolution accepted unanimously by the Security  Council on the sidelines of a U.N. summit last week also called upon all  states to prohibit and prevent terrorism and deny a safe haven to anyone  considered guilty of such conduct. But delegates stressed the need for a broader convention that would serve  as a framework for governments to work together to curtail international  terrorism. ``The fight against terrorism must be continued in the most decisive  manner,'' Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the assembly. Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Kasimzhomart Tokaev also called for the 
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early completion of a comprehensive convention on terrorism. He warned that poverty breeds extremism and that ``young people are  increasingly being sucked into the ideological orbit of international  terrorism.'' Last week's U.N. summit ended with world leaders adopting a watered- down document committing them to efforts to fight poverty, human rights  abuses and terrorism. The declaration put leaders on record for the first time as condemning  ``terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever,  wherever and for whatever purpose . .. .'' But it failed to include a definition  of terrorism that rules out attacks on civilians, as U.N. Secretary-General  Kofi Annan had recommended. Nonetheless, Annan said it was an important first step. ``You must build on that simple statement to complete a comprehensive  convention against terrorism in the year ahead and forge a global  counterterrorism strategy that weakens terrorists,'' he told the assembly on  Saturday. ``We can do it and we must do it.'' The definition of terrorism has long stymied the United Nations and  provoked bitter diplomatic disputes as some countries feared it would  implicate those involved in independence struggles. Washington also asked that the summit document make clear that it didn't 
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