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  March 27, 2003

Antigua and Barbuda’s Permanent Representative, Ambassador Lionel Hurst, today deposited the instruments of ratification for four Organization of American States (OAS) treaties, underscoring his nation’s commitment to the inter-American system and to the principles of international law, equity and democracy.

“By my action today, my government has clearly demonstrated its unwavering commitment to the political, juridical and legal foundation of the inter-American system and the institutions that support it,” declared Ambassador Hurst, after presenting the ratification instruments to Assistant Secretary General Luigi Einaudi at a brief ceremony.

The instruments relate to the Inter-American Convention against Terrorism; the Protocol of Amendments to the Charter of the OAS (Protocol of Managua); the Protocol of Amendments to the Charter of the OAS (Protocol of Washington); and the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Material.

The Antigua and Barbuda Parliament had recently ratified the treaties.

Hurst pledged his country would continue its efforts, along with other states, “to build a strong multilateral system, with good faith negotiations, cooperation and collaboration as its guiding principles.”

Assistant Secretary General Einaudi welcomed the ratification instruments, saying that Antigua and Barbuda was in the lead among member states to ratification of the anti-terrorism treaty, which all have signed.

He said that altogether “these four instruments… exemplify the inter-American juridical system that we have slowly and painstakingly attempted to develop.” The anti-terrorism and firearms conventions, he added, “are a reflection of… the determination of the countries in the inter-American system to try to ensure that the response—both to terrorism and the private deviation of weapons from authorized uses—be controlled and responded to in accordance with the law and with the full protection of the law.”

Reference: E-069/03