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  December 2, 2002

Canada today became the first Organization of American States (OAS) member country to ratify the Inter-American Convention against Terrorism, crafted in record time to deal with terrorism in the Americas, after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

Ambassador Paul Durand, the Canadian Permanent Representative to the OAS, deposited the ratification instruments with OAS Assistant Secretary General Luigi Einaudi, after signing the hemispheric treaty that the Foreign Ministers had approved during the OAS General Assembly in Barbados last June.

Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Americas, Marc Lortie, who accompanied Ambassador Durand to the signing ceremony, praised the OAS for its initiatives to fight terrorism, noting they were giving added relevance to the Organization.

Recalling the fateful September 11 morning when the Hemisphere’s Foreign Ministers were confronted with a new challenge of terrorism, Lortie said the OAS rose to the challenge and assembled all the Foreign Ministers very shortly afterwards to devise a strategy to fight terrorism in the Hemisphere, thus giving added value to the existing cooperation to combat the international scourge.

Ambassador Einaudi commended Canada’s move to sign and ratify the treaty, asserting that preventing terrorist activity now very much depends on the collection, analysis and dissemination of intelligence and effective cooperation among the authorities of friendly governments.

He said, “The region’s rapid development of and adherence to practical anti-terrorist instruments is a remarkable achievement and a clear sign of unwavering commitment to fight terrorism and preserve and strengthen democracy.”

Citing the third regular session of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE)¯to be held in El Salvador, in January¯as the next step in deepening regional cooperation against terrorism, Einaudi declared: “Canada’s example and leadership augur very well for the success of that meeting and for our continuing broader, global fight against terrorism.”

Reference: E-237/02