US ready to help centre to study terrorism


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 13 Jul 2003

BY PAUL GABRIEL

KUALA LUMPUR: The United States has pledged all its support in terms of offering courses and trainers for the South-East Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism here. 

US Ambassador to Malaysia Marie T. Huhtala said discussions between both countries had been held and the United States “is ready to provide as much help as the centre director wants.” 

“The centre is going to be a great forum for helping not only Malaysia but all the governments in this region,” she said in an interview. 

Placed under Wisma Putra’s jurisdiction, the centre will organise training courses, seminars and workshops on counter-terrorism. 

US Secretary of State Colin Powell had last year proposed that Malaysia host the centre, which will examine the causes and origins of terrorism and conduct in-depth studies on terrorist organisations in various parts of the world. 

Huhtala said it was up to Malaysia to decide how the US could contribute to help the centre meet its objectives.  

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