The U.S. delegation to the Fourth Regular
Session of the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism
of the Organization of American States (CICTE), being held
this week in Montevideo, Uruguay, pledged $1.6 million to
support the Committee’s work. Ambassador Cofer Black,
who led the U.S. delegation, said the funds would be used
to promote the committee’s technical capacity to strengthen
counter terrorism expertise in the Americas. The funds will
be provided by the Department of State.
The Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism
formally established in 1999 is comprised of all 34 active
member states of the Organization of American States. It
has taken a number of practical steps to prevent, combat,
and eliminate terrorism since the September 11 attacks and
reflects the spirit of Hemispheric solidarity in this effort.
Its main objective is to foster multilateral
cooperation in the form of training and information sharing
among member nations. The committee’s Fourth Regular
Session was focused on effective hemispheric strategies
for the prevention, detection and eradication of terrorism.
In addition to Ambassador Black, senior members of the U.S.
delegation included Permanent Representative to the OAS
Ambassador John Maisto, Department of Homeland Security
Director of International Affairs Cresencio Arcos, and Deputy
Attorney General John Malcolm.