Greece’s Deputy Foreign Minister Yannis Valinakis said the convention, which is the subject of ongoing negotiations between Member States, “would be a valuable addition to the counter-terrorism legal framework.”He added that Member States must also do all they can to fully implement the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, which the General Assembly adopted last year.Mr. Valinakis, who was speaking at the annual high-level debate, stressed that any global counter-terrorism measures must conform to international human rights standards and fundamental freedoms.He said the UN should be strengthened as part of efforts to contain terrorism and deal with major threats to security.“In the face of all these threats and challenges that transcend State borders, we need a more comprehensive concept of collective security based on respect and justice as requirements for peace, as well as solidarity as a condition for security, entailing a commitment from all to promote sustainable development.”Ambassador Robert Hill, the Permanent Representative of Australia, said a global convention “would provide a solid foundation for international cooperation.”Talks among Member States on a draft treaty have been progressing at the UN for years, but have stalled on a number of issues, including the precise definition of terrorism.Mr. Hill stressed that the international community must help countries that fight terrorism, especially “fledgling, democratic States. We must help these States to establish strong democratic institutions and accountable government structures – as State weakness can allow terrorism to fester.”He also called on UN Member States to fully implement all Security Council resolutions relating to freezing the assets of terrorists.“Terrorist organizations must be starved of their funds and support,” Mr. Hill said. 2 October 2007A comprehensive global convention against terrorism must be concluded as soon as possible, the representatives of Greece and Australia told the General Assembly today, calling for the issue to be a priority among United Nations Member States.
VANCOUVER — The association representing realtors in British Columbia says home sales remained healthy across the province in August, but it expects to see a change over the coming months.The B.C. Real Estate Association says 9,162 residential properties were sold in August.That’s a 2.4 per cent increase compared with the same period last year.The total dollar value of all sales climbed significantly to $6.2 billion, a 22 per cent jump from August 2016, while the association says the average property price was up 19.1 per cent to $678,186.Association chief economist Cameron Muir points to strong economic conditions propelling the August sales, which he says mirror figures in July on a seasonally adjusted basis.But Muir also warns that climbing mortgage rates and home prices could dampen housing markets this fall.“Rising home prices combined with upward pressure on mortgage interest rates is expected to temper demand over the balance of the year,” Muir says in a news release.Year-to-date figures in 2017 are still overshadowed by the sizzling first half of last year’s residential property market in B.C., with sales dollar volume down 15.9 per cent to $51.8 billion when compared with the first eight months of 2016.Residential sales dipped 15 per cent over the same period while the association says the average property price was down 1.1 per cent to $706,839.