SINGAPORE (Radio Australia, Jan. 22) - In Singapore, officials from the United States and the Asia Pacific region are meeting to discuss better coordination of regional anti-terror strategies.

Radio Australia says more than 20 countries are attending the closed-door talks.

Singapore and the US government are co-hosting the summit designed primarily at finding better ways to cut off funding to terrorist groups.

While remaining tight-lipped about the details of the meeting, a spokesman at Singapore's Foreign Ministry says compliance with a United Nations Security Council resolution and other international moves to curb terrorism will be high on the agenda.

Government officials as well as security and financial experts from ASEAN and Pacific Islands Forum nations are attending the summit.

Singapore is recognized as an Asian leader in anti-terrorism, last year breaking up a major network liked to the al-Qaeda movement that was planning attacks on US interests in the country.

The meeting runs for two days.

January 22, 2003

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