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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 October, 2003, 09:54 GMT 10:54 UK
Apec declaration: Key points
The twenty-one nation Apec (Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum) summit has ended with a call for a crackdown on terrorism and tougher steps to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

It also called for freer regional trade and an end to the WTO talks impasse.

In its final statement, called the Bangkok Declaration, Apec pledged to:

On trade and investment

Urge negotiators for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) trade liberalisation talks which collapsed in the Mexican resort of Cancun in September to complete them.

Promote sound and efficient financial systems in the region and work towards the abolition of all forms of agriculture export subsidies and "unjustifiable" export prohibitions and restrictions.

Develop specific weapons against corruption.

Boost efforts at creating knowledge-based economies, and provide assistance to small- and medium-sized enterprises to help them better survive against big multinationals.

On terrorism

Use Apec to not only advance prosperity, but to ensure regional security.

Dismantle transnational terrorist groups, and stop the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery by strengthening international non-proliferation regimes and adopting and enforcing effective export controls.

Strengthen efforts to curb terrorist threats against transport, specifically the use of hand-held rocket launchers.

Co-ordinate better with international counter-terrorism activities.

Use the Asian Development Bank to enhance port security and combat terrorist finance.

On health

Regional health officials will better co-ordinate their response to any new outbreak of the Sars virus, other infectious diseases, and bio-terror attacks.

On North Korea

Although there was no mention of North Korea in the final communiqué, Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, this year's summit host, referred to the issue in his closing speech.

He said Apec sought "a peaceful resolution through dialogue" to the nuclear crisis, and supported the six-nation regional talks process aimed at resolving it.

Mr Thaksin also said that Apec welcomed efforts to address the security concerns of all parties involved, including North Korea.

We "look forward to concrete and verifiable progress toward a complete and permanent nuclear weapons-free Korean peninsula," he said.




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