CICTE Executive Secretary Alfred Schandlbauer traveled to the headquarters of the United Nations June 20-22 to participate in open consultations with the security council committee established pursuant to Resolution 1540 (2004) on the status of implementation of Resolution 1540 (2004).
During the meeting, Mr. Schandlbauer explained to delegates the role of the OAS in assisting its member states in coming into compliance with Resolution 1540 (2004), an obligation of all UN member states.
The main purpose of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) is to promote and develop cooperation among Member States to prevent, combat and eliminate terrorism, in accordance with the principles of the OAS Charter, with the Inter-American Convention Against Terrorism, and with full respect for the sovereignty of states, the rule of law, and international law, including international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and international refugee law.
CICTE is composed of all Member States of the OAS and holds one regular session each year as a forum for discussion and decision-making on counter terrorism issues, measures, and cooperation. Member States designate a competent national authority, a principal representative, alternate representatives, and advisors, Member States also appoint one or more National Points of Contact with competence in the field of prevention and elimination of terrorism to serve as the principal liaison among governments of the Member States and with the CICTE Secretariat for developing cooperation programs between them and the CICTE Secretariat.