The dangerous devices have become popular weapons for terror networks Senior Apec officials have backed a US proposal that member states ban sales and shipment of manned portable air defence systems, or portable rocket launchers. Such devices were used by al-Qaeda terrorists in an attack on an Israeli passenger jet in Kenya last year and have become popular weapons used by the terrorist network. 'The US side points to the danger of such devices and wants measures taken to suppress their shipment and sale,' said Sihasek Puangketkeaw, a director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, which is hosting this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum meeting this week. 'The attack hurt tourism and the economy of Kenya dramatically,' he said. Stopping the sale of rocket launchers is a key element of the Counter Terrorism Action Plan, which was passed by senior officers at the Apec forum yesterday. Major components of the plan also include the experimental launch of the US-proposed Container Security Initiative next week in Bangkok. The United States proposed that electronic devices be placed in shipping containers that allow security officials to track the shipment of goods worldwide. 'Apec should be proud of the work we've done,' said a senior United States official and an Apec delegate. The official said America was particularly excited about the launch of container security. The initiative will be discussed by United States Secretary of State Colin Powell and 500 chief executives attending Apec during a ceremony at Laem Chabang Port, south of Bangkok, on Monday. The US has also proposed that the newly formed Apec Health Taskforce, which deals with epidemics, also work vigilantly against bio-terrorism. 'We can see how Sars hurt this region's economy,' the senior US official said. 'Security and economic prosperity go hand-in-hand.' The Counter Terrorism Action Plan also contains detailed efforts on ways Apec member states can work closer to protect air and sea travel and regional trade against terrorist attacks. Apec delegates also approved a plan to ensure energy security for the region. The plan will be submitted to Apec ministers and leaders later in the session.