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.