Under enormously tight security the heads of the European Union states completed in hours a process that usually takes months, even years, reports CBS News Correspondent Jim Axelrod.
"We reaffirmed our full solidarity not only from the heart but also from our sense of reason," French President Jacques Chirac said. "To be clear, we will not sit on the sidelines of this battle against this scourge."
In a joint statement read by the host, Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, the EU leaders urged President Bush to build "the broadest possible global coalition against terrorism."
They also stressed their rejection of "any equation of, on the one hand, fanatical terrorist groups, and the Arab and Muslim world in general."
Each of the 15 EU countries is prepared to aid the U.S. response "according to its means," they said.
Among the ideas ratified:
- a single arrest warrant for all EU states. A suspect wanted in one could be pursued in all 15;
- a streamlined extradition process; and
- closing financial loopholes to choke off terrorists money supply.
"We want these actions to be targeted," the declaration said, adding that targets can include "states abetting, supporting or harboring terrorists."
"We express our total solidarity with the American people in the face of terrorist attacks," the leaders said.
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