Although many terrorist analysts believe that the governments of Syria, Iran and Libya manipulate many of the terrorists in Europe, [Douglas Hurd] said the question was not discussed at the meeting. Nor, he said, was there any discussion of some kind of intergovernmental European police force to strike at the terrorists. He said such a force would be "confusing and might hurt rather than help."
Robert Pandraud, the professional policeman who is France's deputy minister of security, denied at a news conference that France has decided to negotiate with Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, the 35-year-old Lebanese prisoner whose release has been demanded by the band that has terrorized Paris with bombs this month. Nine people were killed and more than 160 injured in the space of 10 days.
He said everyone knows that "any surrender to blackmail leads to more blackmail," and he added that those who offer sanctuary to terrorists "are not wise because terrorism will be turned against them someday." The meeting heard reports from Hurd, Pandraud, the Spanish minister and the German minister on terrorism in their countries.