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  May 8, 2003

El Salvador’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, María Eugenia Brizuela de Avila, deposited at the Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday the instruments of ratification for the Inter-American Convention against Terrorism.

The Minister said terrorism threatens the stability of democracy around the Hemisphere and undermines economic and social development for citizens. She explained: “That is why we are committed to the principles guiding our Organization as is seeks to strengthen the legal framework and international law to combat this scourge.”

According to the Salvadorian Minister, the anti-terrorism treaty fosters cooperation among member states and helps stem money laundering that finances terrorism. “But most importantly, the convention stipulates that the war on terrorism must be based on respect for human rights.”

OAS Assistant Secretary General Luigi Einaudi noted that, by depositing these instruments, “El Salvador is demonstrating its leadership in the fight against terrorism and reiterating its commitment to democracy in the Hemisphere.”

Recalling that El Salvador had hosted the Third Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism this past January, Ambassador Einaudi stated that the adoption of the Convention “reflects the commitment by all OAS member states in the war against terrorism and provides more suitable mechanisms to prevent and combat evil and cowardly acts that still afflict the countries of the Americas.”

Adopted at the thirty second regular session of the General Assembly in Bridgetown, Barbados on June 3, 2002—the OAS anti-terrorism convention has been signed by 33 member states. Antigua and Barbuda, Canada and now El Salvador have ratified this Convention.

Reference: E-108/03