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G8 Calls for More Monitoring of Internet over Terrorists
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Group of Eight (G8) leading industrialized nations on Friday called for more monitoring of internet as part of the efforts to curb terrorists, local reports said.

After a three-day meeting in southern German city of Munich, interior and justice ministers of the G8 nations said in a statement that more monitoring of the internet was required as terrorist groups were making growing use of modern communications technologies, German news agency dpa reported.

The G8 should also pay more attention to "homegrown terrorism" in their own societies, especially some vulnerable areas, including energy infrastructure, said the statement.

Meanwhile, the ministers called for fresh action to stop Afghans growing opium poppies, which are believed to have been financing terrorist activities.

German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, whose country holds the rotating G8 presidency, admitted that years of fight against poppy farming had been "anything but satisfactory."

Afghanistan remains by far the world's biggest producer of opium.

The G8 groups the United States, Germany, Britain, Italy, France, Japan, Canada and Russia

The ministers were meeting in preparation for the upcoming G8 summit to be held early June in the northern German beach resort of Heiligendamm.

(Xinhua News Agency May 26, 2007)

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