Switzerland joins UN efforts to fight financing of terrorism

The Swiss authorities want to fight the financing of terrorist acts Keystone Archive

Switzerland has signed the United Nations convention against terrorism, which paves the way for people and organisations that fund terrorists to be prosecuted irrespective of where attacks take place.

This content was published on June 14, 2001 - 13:29

The treaty was signed by the Swiss ambassador to the UN, Jenö Staehlin, in New York. It provides for greater international cooperation in the fight against terrorism, and also aims to prevent terrorists from getting access to funding for their activities.

The Swiss penal code will be revised to accommodate the convention.

The government said it wants to take the fight against terrorism to a higher level. As a leading financial centre, it said Switzerland had to everything to stop funds reaching terrorist groups.

Switzerland joins 42 other countries which have already signed the convention, including the United States, Britain and Germany.

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