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U.S. PROVIDING $1.6 MILLION VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION TO INTER-AMERICAN COMMITTEE AGAINST TERRORISM (CICTE)

January 29, 2004

 

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.

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