September 11, 2001 : Attack on America
U.S.- EU Ministerial Statement on Combating Terrorism; September 20, 2001

Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
September 20, 2001

U.S.- EU Ministerial Statement on Combating Terrorism

Following is the text of the joint U.S.-EU Ministerial statement on combating terrorism:

"In the coming days, weeks and months, the United States and the European Union will work in partnership in a broad coalition to combat the evil of terrorism. We will act jointly to expand and improve this cooperation worldwide. Those responsible for the recent attacks must be tracked down and held to account. We will mount a comprehensive, systematic and sustained effort to eliminate international terrorism -- its leaders, its actors, its networks. Those responsible for aiding, supporting or harboring the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these acts will be held accountable. Given the events of September 11, 2001 it is imperative that we continue to develop practical measures to prevent terrorists from operating.

"Our resolve is a reflection of the strength of the U.S.-EU relationship, our shared values, and our determination to address together the new challenges we face. The nature of our democratic societies makes it imperative to protect our citizens from terrorist acts, while at the same time protecting their individual liberties, due process, and the rule of law. The U.S. and the EU are committed to enhancing security measures, legislation and enforcement. We will work together to encourage greater cooperation in international fora and wider implementation of international instruments. We will also cooperate in global efforts to bring to justice perpetrators of past attacks and to eliminate the ability of terrorists to plan and carry out future atrocities. We have agreed today that the United States and the EU will vigorously pursue cooperation in the following areas in order to reduce vulnerabilities in our societies:

Aviation and other transport security

Police and judicial cooperation, including extradition

Denial of financing of terrorism, including financial sanctions

Denial of other means of support to terrorists

Export control and nonproliferation

Border controls, including visa and document security issues

Law enforcement access to information and exchange of electronic data "


Released on September 20, 2001

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