Terror threat looms large in region: Singh

November 08, 2007

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NEW DELHI, Nov 7: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday terrorism could trigger disasters across borders. Inaugurating the Second Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction here, Manmohan Singh said, “the threat of terrorism looms large in our region and could trigger disasters across borders.”

Modern societies must also prepare to come together to deal with man-made disasters — be they industrial disasters or disasters caused by terror attacks.

The countries in the region, he hoped would demonstrate the same cooperative spirit in dealing with man-made disasters as they showed in dealing with natural disasters.

“We must also learn to deal with new kinds of health disasters, such as Avian Flu, which have emerged as new challenges.

About five hundred delegates from over 50 countries are attending the two-day conference.—APP