US declines to put NKorea back on terrorism blacklist

Aug 5th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Featured

In keeping four countries on the blacklist, the Country Reports on Terrorism 2009 said “Iran remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism”.

“Iran?s financial, material, and logistic support for terrorist and militant groups throughout the Middle East and Central Asia had a direct impact on international efforts to promote peace, threatened economic stability in the Gulf and undermined the growth of democracy,” it said.

The US accuses Iran of actively supporting groups like the Taliban in Afghanistan, Shiite groups in Iraq and Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in the Palestinian territories.

On Sudan, the report said the government was cooperating with US counter-terrorism efforts, but said “Al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist elements as well as elements of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and HAMAS, remained in Sudan in 2009.”

The report said the United States disagrees with Syria’s support for what it calls national liberation movements, groups Washington considers are terrorist.

“Syria continued to provide safe-haven as well as political and other support to a number of designated Palestinian terrorist groups, including HAMAS, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC),” the report.

The report complained that Cuba still gives safe haven and ideological support for three terrorist organizations.

“The Government of Cuba has long assisted members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army of Colombia (ELN), and Spain?s Basque Homeland and Freedom Organization (ETA), some having arrived in Cuba in connection with peace negotiations with the governments of Colombia and Spain,” it said.

© 2010 AFP

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