Asia and Pacific leaders unite against terrorism

 

Pacific Rim leaders have ended their Shanghai summit with a condemnation of last month's attacks on the US and a promise to fight terrorism.

In a statement issued at the end of two days of talks in Shanghai, the leaders said terrorist acts are a profound threat to the peace, prosperity and security of all people, of all faiths, of all nations.

According to the statement the leaders of the 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum commit to taking "appropriate financial measures" to stop the funding of terrorism, enhance protection of industries like telecommunications and transport, and watch air and sea security.

It is the first major political statement in the twelve-year history of the APEC, a body normally dedicated to trade.