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Sunday, 2 December, 2001, 16:09 GMT
Chirac wraps up anti-terrorism tour
President Chirac and King Mohammed of Morocco
Chirac discussed global terrorism with King Mohammed
French President Jacques Chirac has ended a brief tour of North Africa aimed at boosting global efforts against terrorism.

He held talks with King Mohammed of Morocco on Sunday after short visits to Algeria and Tunisia.

President Chirac was the first French head of state to travel to Algeria for 12 years.

At a news conference in the capital, Algiers, he said the European Union had been a haven for Islamic militants for too long.

the tomb of Moroccan King Hassan II
Chirac visited a royal mausoleum in Rabat
The EU, Mr Chirac said, would introduce measures to curb the militants' activities, such as the introduction of European-wide arrest warrants.

He also pledged French support for the relatives of victims of a recent flood which devastated parts of Algiers.

Several thousands residents turned out to greet him as he toured one of the capital's districts worst-hit by flooding.

Dead kings honoured

In Tunisia he sought backing for the US-led campaign against Islamic militants in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

President Chirac paid his respects at a royal mausoleum in Rabat on Sunday, laying a wreath on the tomb of the late Moroccan kings Mohammed V and Hassan II.

He emerged to urge Palestinians and Israelis to resume talks following a string of bloody attacks overnight and into Sunday.

"There will be no security without dialogue, without a return toward peace," Mr Chirac said.

See also:

18 Sep 01 | Middle East
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21 Sep 01 | Africa
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