Germany, France sign anti-terror accord

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11 June 2004KEHL - Germany and France signed an agreement Thursday to boost their cooperation in combating terrorism, chiefly in exchanging intelligence about terrorist groups.

11 June 2004

KEHL - Germany and France signed an agreement Thursday to boost their cooperation in combating terrorism, chiefly in exchanging intelligence about terrorist groups.

German Interior Minister Otto Schily and his French counterpart Dominique de Villepin signed the accord after a day of talks in the southwestern German town of Kehl.

In a joint statement, the two ministers said "we cannot wait first" for crime to take place before acting.

"We must become aware at the earliest possible point about groupings and their plans for attacks," Schily stated. Villepin said the global dangers posed by Islamic terrorism could only be countered through joint action.

Schily and Villepin also approved plans for mixed police patrols along the German-French border, saying that the tests of such patrols which began in July 2003 had proven satisfactory.

Police in the three German states bordering with France - Saarland, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate - can now join up with French colleagues in patrolling the region.

Schily pointed out that at the moment, German police are not able to pursue a criminal across the French border. This is a problem which still had to be resolved.

DPA

Subject: German news

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