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  October 6, 2003

The Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE) of the Organization of American States (OAS) will host a meeting Tuesday in cooperation with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), to examine how regional and international organizations can advance global efforts to combat terrorism. The meeting will be held at OAS headquarters in Washington.

Foreign Minister María Eugenia Brizuela de Avila of El Salvador, who chairs CICTE, will address the opening session, as will OAS Assistant Secretary General Luigi Einaudi and Spain’s Ambassador to the UN and CTC Chair, Inocencio Arias. Other participants in the day-long meeting will include the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Ambassador Jan Kubis, the European Commission’s Counter-terrorism Policy Coordinator, Patricia Holland, Sylvain Ngung of the African Union, as well as delegates from Asia, the Middle East and more than 50 international organizations. This meeting is a direct successor to a meeting hosted by the CTC on March 6, 2003.

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1373 calling for obligatory anti-terrorism measures for the UN member states. It established the Counter-Terrorism Committee to review countries’ actions, determine how to strengthen compliance and take steps to further cooperative efforts against terrorism.

In the last two years, the OAS/CICTE has strengthened hemispheric cooperation against terrorism, developing recommendations for the OAS member states on such matters as border security, customs controls and financial regulations. The Inter-American Convention against Terrorism took effect in July of this year.

The opening session Tuesday is open to the press, and the entire meeting will be Webcast live (

WHAT: Opening session, “Implementing International Counter-Terrorism Strategy:
The Role of Regional and International Organizations”

WHEN: 9 a.m., Tuesday, October 7

WHERE: Hall of the Americas
Organization of American States
17th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.

Reference: AVI-054/03