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  June 9, 2003

The government of Mexico has deposited its ratification instruments pertaining to the Inter-American Convention against Terrorism.

Mexican Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean Miguel Hakim Sim delivered the instruments of ratification to Assistant Secretary General Luigi Einaudi on Monday, against the backdrop of the Organization of American States’ (OAS) General Assembly in Santiago, Chile.

He underscored the great importance his government attaches to the treaty that was adopted in Bridgetown, Barbados, in June 2002, and reiterated his government’s readiness to do all it can to ensure the hemispheric Convention enters into force as soon as possible.

Ambassador Einaudi, meanwhile, noted that when it enters into force, the Convention will channel cooperation against terrorism in a manner consistent with the defense of human rights.

Under the treaty that is aimed at preventing, punishing and eliminating terrorism, the states parties have committed to adopting the necessary measures to strengthen cooperation among themselves.

The Convention has been signed so far by 33 OAS member states, and ratified by five—Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, El Salvador and Mexico. It enters into force when six states have ratified.

Reference: GA-07