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    Fight Terrorism, Nuclear Safety Pledged by G20 Parliamentary Leaders


    by NTDTelevision

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    The three day G20 Speakers' Consultation gathering in Seoul ended today. G20 parliamentary leaders and representatives have pledged to fight terrorism and to pursue nuclear safety in a joint communiqué.

    Parliamentary leaders and representatives from 26 nations and groups ended the G20 Speakers' Consultation 2011 in Seoul, South Korea on Friday.

    In a joint communiqué adopted by the leaders at the end of the three-day gathering, they pledged to fight against any form of terrorism and to pursue nuclear safety.

    The Speakers' Consultation chairman, South Korean parliamentary speaker Park Hee-tae, read the joint declaration at the closing ceremony.

    [Park Hee-tae, Speakers' Consultation Chairman]
    "We urge the international community to make efforts together to fight against any threat to international security, such as terrorism and piracy."

    The communiqué also says Japan's nuclear crisis, caused by an earthquake and tsunami, requires the international community to re-examine existing nuclear safety standards.

    [Park Hee-tae, Speakers' Consultation Chairman]:
    "We share a view that we need to build systems to prevent and aid recovery from natural disasters together, and secondly, we agree to strengthen co-operation among parliaments to guarantee nuclear security."

    The meeting brought together representatives from countries like India, Japan, the European Union and China.

    South Korea's Yonhap News agency reports that the gathering was drawing attention... with many concerned about international security following the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and the ongoing political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa.