Addressing senior counter-terrorism experts from member states, Organisation of American States (OAS) Secretary General César Gaviria today stressed the importance of implementing the provisions of the Inter-American Convention against Terrorism, which entered into force this past July 10.
El Salvador’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Mar’a Eugenia Brizuela de çvila, the CICTE Chair, presided at the two-day meeting of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) national points of contact. The delegates considered a variety of issues, including CICTE’s work plan, terms of reference for the national points of contact in the OAS counter-terrorism strategy, and the use of the online database OLAT.
In his remarks to the closing session of the meeting, the Secretary General told the member state counter-terrorism officials that the policies as formulated should be general enough to be adapted to the needs and realities of each member country. The Secretary General also emphasised the importance of complying with the twelve United Nations (UN) conventions and protocols on terrorism and Resolution 1373 of the UN Security Council.
Mr. Gaviria said CICTE’s role should be to continue to guide, facilitate and coordinate hemispheric anti-terrorism efforts. He made mention of important legislative developments and best practices within such agencies as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, noting their usefulness to OAS member countries.
The Secretary General underscored as well the need for CICTE to collaborate closely with other OAS specialised agencies like the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) for optimal comparative advantage and to avoid duplication of efforts.