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Cabinet acknowledges action plan to counter terrorism in Slovakia

The terrorist threat to Slovakia may be assessed on a special scale in future. A new National Action Plan for the Fight against Terrorism for 2011-2014 projects implementation of such a mechanism, the SITA newswire reported.

The terrorist threat to Slovakia may be assessed on a special scale in future. A new National Action Plan for the Fight against Terrorism for 2011-2014 projects implementation of such a mechanism, the SITA newswire reported.

The material, tailored by the Interior Ministry and passed by the cabinet on Wednesday, May 18, assumes the launch of a mechanism for the assessment of the terrorist threat at the national level and its implementation in December 2012. By the end of this year, the need and possibility for the establishment of a post of national coordinator to fight terrorism in Slovakia should be evaluated.

The terrorist threat scale is a common practice used in several European countries, the US and Canada as well as at international organizations like NATO and the European Union. According to the proposal, the Slovak Information Service (SIS), Slovakia's main intelligence agency, should set up an anti-terrorist centre with a nationwide force some time before December 2012.

The proposed measures also include intensifying efforts to eliminate the illegal trade in military materials, establishing effective regulations for freezing the financial resources and assets of terrorists, and securing the presence of at least one bomb disposal expert at the workplaces of the Criminal and Expertise Institute outside working hours.

Although Slovakia will "very probably" not be one of the primary targets of terrorist attacks, the National Action Plan states that "there are several signs of the increased risk of a terrorist threat in Slovakia and its interests abroad related mainly to the development of the security situation in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the publicly presented challenges of terrorist leaders for extension of the worldwide Jihad, as well as Slovakia's active participation in international organisations, foreign anti-terrorist activities and operations". It adds that there is a risk that terrorists could use the country for transit, technical support or as a base after committing a terrorist act.

Source: TASR

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