The leaders of the world's seven wealthiest countries, meeting for an economic summit in Perouges, France, have vowed to take strong cooperative action to combat terrorism. The discussions are taking place only days after a truck bomb destroyed a housing complex at an American military base in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on the Persian Gulf. 19 Americans were killed in the blast, and several hundred were injured.
These are some of the thoughts that underlie the discussions in France. The G7 leaders -- the governmental heads of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and Japan -- are all in agreement that something must be done. They are not in agreement, however, about what must be done. European leaders, for example, oppose recent U.S. legislation, embodied in the Helms-Burton Act, that provides for punishing companies who do business with countries that allegedly support terrorism -- in particular Cuba, Libya, and Iran.
Nevertheless, the G7 leaders, joined by Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, are discussing several specific measures proposed by the United States to track, capture, and punish terrorists. Further, more detailed, talks will be held on the ministerial level next month to work out details of the anti-terrorist actions.