France calls for anti-terror fighton G8 and UN agenda

9th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 8 (AFP) - The global fight against terrorism should be debated in the United Nations and the Group of Eight, France said Wednesday after Russia warned it could carry out pre-emptive strikes on "terror bases".

PARIS, Sept 8 (AFP) - The global fight against terrorism should be debated in the United Nations and the Group of Eight, France said Wednesday after Russia warned it could carry out pre-emptive strikes on "terror bases".  

"For us, this is a question that should be debated within the European framework, the Group of Eight and obviously at the United Nations," foreign ministry spokesman Herve Ladsous told reporters.  

"The fight against terrorism is a priority for the entire international community," the spokesman added.  

Earlier, Russian army Chief of Staff Yury Baluyevsky said Moscow would not hesitate to carry out pre-emptive strikes to "liquidate terror bases in any region" but would not resort to the use of nuclear weapons.  

During the build-up to the Iraq war, France opposed the US policy of pre-emptive military action, saying any such operation that did not have the approval of the UN Security Council would be illegal.

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