Organization of American States

Press Release                                                                                                                     (E-213/01)

October 16,  2001


            Measures being put in place by the United States and other countries exercising their right to individual and collective self-defense have "the full support of the states parties to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (Rio Treaty)."

            That was stated in a resolution from the Follow-up Committee established by the Twenty Fourth Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, after its meeting at the Organization of American States (OAS) Headquarters in Washington this afternoon. Brazil's Ambassador to the OAS, Valter Pecly Moreira, chaired the meeting.

In the resolution, the states party to the Rio Treaty "reiterate their willingness to provide additional assistance and support to the United States and to one another, as appropriate, taking into consideration all the provisions of the Rio Treaty in connection with to the attacks of September 11 and to prevent and avoid future armed attacks by terrorists."

            The meeting also decided to report to the United Nations Security Council on the resolution and on any other decisions taken by the Committee on this matter.

            The meeting opened with a presentation by the United States delegation on actions taken in response to the September 11 attacks.  The member states reported on measures adopted in keeping with the decisions of the Twenty Fourth Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs.