India, Sri Lanka and many other nations are putting diplomatic pressure on Great Britain to stop allowing rebel groups to operate in Britain. Kashmiri and Sri Lankan rebel groups have long used Great Britain as a headquarters for fund raising and public relations. But in many cases these "liberation organizations" have also carried out terrorist acts, often injuring British, and other European, citizens overseas. As a result of the pressure, and bad publicity, Britain is considering changing its policy.
December 19, 2000; UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has expressed concern that the 70,000 UN employees around the world are being regarded as "soft targets" by terrorists, rebels, and even criminals. While 177 UN workers have been killed in action around the world, only three of the killers have been brought to trial. Another 240 UN workers have been kidnapped and held for ransom, in addition to the 500 troops briefly captured by RUF rebels in Sierra Leone. Annan noted that of the 150 UN duty stations around the world, only 34 have the equipment and staff for 24-hour/7-day operations, often leaving UN workers out of contact with
this sort of activity has already been detected in Malaysia.