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Bangladesh to be a fortress against terror, UN panel told

Bangladesh assures a UN counter-terrorism team that Dhaka is trying to organise itself as a 'fortress against terrorism'.

world Updated: Jun 04, 2007 13:15 IST

Bangladesh has told a UN counter-terrorism team, which is in the country to review the government's anti-terrorism initiatives, that Dhaka is trying to organise itself as a 'fortress against terrorism'.

The military-backed government's Law Adviser, Mainul Hosein, told the counter-terrorism experts that Bangladesh is doing everything to organise itself as a 'fortress against terrorism'.

"Bangladesh does not want to be treated as among the terrorism-concern countries," the Law Adviser was quoted by The Daily Star as telling the delegation, who arrived in Dhaka on Sunday for an appraisal of the country's counter-terrorism efforts and the ground situation in Bangladesh.

Sergey Karev, director of Assessment and Technical Assistance, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate of the United Nations, and Walter Gehr, project coordinator, Terrorism-Prevention Branch, met the Law Adviser at his office on Sunday.

Hosein made it clear that the Islamist militants in the country are local and have nothing to do with 'international terrorism'.

The UN team assured technical assistance and training facilities for experts to fight terrorism according to the needs of the country.

The UN counter-terrorism team will also advise the government on strengthening counter-terror legislation and its enforcement, clamp down on cross-border terrorism, and preventing madrassas (seminaries) from becoming a breeding ground for militants.

The delegation will also look into policy and international cooperation, apart from evaluating Bangladesh's border control facilities.

First Published: Jun 04, 2007 12:27 IST