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European Union; India: Anti-Terrorism Cooperation Enhanced

(Dec. 15, 2010) On December 10, 2010, the European Union and India agreed to enhance cooperation against terrorism, in order to deny safe havens to members of extremist groups, among other measures. Western countries are bracing for Islamist extremist attacks of the sort that took place in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, in which ten gunmen launched coordinated strikes against luxury hotels, a railway station, a café, and a Jewish cultural centre. The Pakistan-based Islamist group Lashkar-e-Taiba was reportedly responsible for the 60-hour siege, in which 166 people were killed. (EU, India Agree to Crank Up Anti-Terror Cooperation, PAKISTAN TODAY [from AFP] (Dec. 11, 2010),

In the Joint Declaration on International Terrorism, India and the EU identify six areas of cooperation: political dialogue; law enforcement and police cooperation; research, technology and cyber security; transport, aviation, and border security; consequence management (i.e., managing the consequences of a terrorist attack); and cooperation in the multilateral system, including the United Nations. Specific measures include, for example:

  • coordinating efforts against terrorists and terrorist groups so as to deny them safe haven and freedom of travel in accordance with international law, and encouraging all countries to deny such safe haven and to dismantle terrorist infrastructure in the territories under their control;
  • continuing efforts to prevent terrorists from accessing financial resources;
  • enhancing efforts to access and share strategic information, so as to better disrupt and prevent terrorist activity;
  • intensifying efforts to render the widest possible measure of mutual legal assistance, to expedite the processing of extradition requests, and to explore the possibility of an EU – India Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement and an EU – India Agreement on Extradition;
  • working together in the International Civil Aviation Organization, to improve international security standards for passengers, cargo, and mail;
  • encouraging more efficient controls on the issuance of identity and travel documents to prevent the movement of terrorist and terrorist groups across national borders; and
  • building on coordination opportunities provided by membership in the Financial Action Task Force of EU Member States and India by intensifying efforts to prevent access by terrorists to financial and other resources and by sharing best practices on financial controls. (EU-India Joint Declaration on International Terrorism, Council of the European Union website (Brussels, Dec. 10, 2010),