EU security meeting in wake of Paris attacks

Ministers gather to focus on border security, arms trafficking, intelligence-sharing

EU security meeting in wake of Paris attacks

World Bulletin / News Desk

EU interior ministers gathered in Brussels on Friday to discuss border security, arms trafficking and intelligence-sharing in the wake of the Paris attacks.

“On the fight against arms trafficking, we need a decision today with a strict timetable because arms trafficking is at the origin of many terrorist acts,” French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters before the meeting.

U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May said: “I think we need accelerated progress on firearms. I would like to see all member states committed to improving the measures and penalties for dealing with those who traffic in firearms.”

She also called for “immediate progress” on airlines sharing passenger information with EU governments.

"The negotiations have taken too long, that must be concluded,"she said. "But the U.K. will be going ahead with obtaining records from those who were operating to and from the United Kingdom.”

Last week's Paris attacks saw 129 people killed by militants armed with explosives and Kalashnikov assault rifles. Many of the attackers lived in Belgium and U.S. authorities have said some were on U.S. no-fly lists.

The suspected attack planner, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, appears to have been able to travel between Syria and Europe with relative ease.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Kasım 2015, 13:30