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Security Council Members Get Firsthand Look at Ground Zero - 2001-11-28

Representatives of all 15 member nations of the U.N. Security Council Wednesday visited the site of the September 11 attacks on New York's World Trade Center. The delegates said the visit gave them a renewed resolve to fight terrorism.

Council members were taken as a group to the so-called "ground zero", where they watched the huge cranes and dump trucks removing the rubble. A few hours before their visit, two more bodies were recovered from the site.

After returning to U.N. headquarters, Council President Patricia Durrant, Jamaica described the visit as very emotional. "Clearly, we came away with a very strong impression of the fact that the people involved in those heinous acts were able to make, in such a short time, such an impression on so many lives, not only of the people here in New York but across the world," she said. "The visit certainly reinforced the commitment of the Security Council to carry out the resolutions that we have adopted in regard to international terrorism."

Those resolutions include requirements that nations ban the financing of terrorist groups, share intelligence information about terrorists, and tighten border controls.