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OAS Member States Agree on Public-Private Partnerships to Fight Terrorism

  March 19, 2010

The Tenth Regular Session of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) of the Organization of American States (OAS) concluded today at the Organization’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Under the central theme of “Public-Private Partnerships in the Fight against Terrorism,” delegates from OAS Member States discussed issues related to public-private cooperation in the protection of critical infrastructure; security for major events; and public-private partnerships in maritime security. Delegations also participated in open discussions on issues such as the fight against terrorism in compliance with national and international laws; the reinforcement of existing national and international measures and strategies to examine new multilateral cooperation strategies to strengthen the fight against terrorism; the adoption of cooperative programs and mechanisms to exchange information to prevent and combat terrorism threats; and the development of close ties with the private sector and civil society to develop capacity building prevention and protection programs, among others.

The CICTE meeting was chaired by the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the OAS, Ambassador Gustavo Albín, who opened the session last Wednesday accompanied by OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza. In his presentation Ambassador Albin said that during the past year, 66 technical assistance events were held, in the framework of CICTE activities, providing training for 2,845 participants. “This is evidence of the work that the Member States have carried out using a cooperation mechanism established in 2002,” he concluded.

Also present at the meeting was the Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the United Nations Security Council and Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations, Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan, who was invited as keynote speaker.

The closing ceremony was chaired by the Honorable Tommy Turnquest, Minister of National Security of the Bahamas, elected as the new Chairman of the CICTE for the 2010-2011 period.

More information about CICTE can be found here here.

Photographs of the event will be posted here.

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Reference: E-079/10