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PRESIDENT OF URUGUAY INAUGURATED CICTE CONFERENCE

January 18, 2004



Reunión del ComitéPresident of Uruguay, Dr. Jorge Batlle, inaugurated the conference of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism yesterday.

The conference is being held in Montevideo with the participation of the 34 countries which represent the Organization of American States.

President Batlle announced at the opening ceremony that the Government of Uruguay will introduce a project to control and avoid money laundering of capitals which could be used to support international terrorism.

The Uruguayan President said that this project answers to international requirements and is in concurrence with the United Nations resolutions about actions against terrorist activities. (Complete text of the Uruguayan President’s speech can be found at www.presidencia.gub.uy).
The CICTE conference will focus on solidifying CICTE as an effective counterterrorism organization and homeland security in the western hemisphere.
Ambassador Black’s delegation includes US government representatives actively involved in advancing U.S. counterterrorism efforts, including, John Maisto, U.S. Ambassador to the OAS; Ambassador Cresencio Arcos, Director for International Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security; Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Justice Department John Malcolm, and a representative of the Maritime Administration.

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