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Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism meets in Trinidad and Tobago

The three-day meeting is aimed at evaluating current anti-terrorism policies and practices

Posted: February 16, 2005 (Updated: February 18, 2005)

Evaluating the effectiveness of current anti-terrorism policies and practices, including those related to border controls, transportation security and terrorist financing, are the main topics on the agenda of the Fifth Regular Session of the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE) now under way in Port of Spain. The meeting, sponsored by the Organization of American States (OAS), will focus on exploring new strategies of multilateral cooperation to promote and sustain the hemispheric fight against terrorism.

Dr. Elias Bluth, Under-Secretary for National Defense of Uruguay and Chair of CICTE delivered the opening remarks along with the Honorable Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Patrick Manning, and the Acting Secretary General of the OAS, Ambassador Luigi R. Einaudi.

Other topics to be covered during the meeting include the inter-American strategy to combat threats to cybersecurity, a follow up to the First Cybersecurity Practitioner’s Workshop held in Ottawa, Canada, in March 2004. The presentation on the subject of cybersecurity will be made by the chair from El Salvador.

Presentations on counter-terrorism measures by Argentina, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, United States and Canada are scheduled for Friday.

The presentation by the United States will be on "Sources of technical and financial assistance for counter-terrorism capacity-building" and on "Operational aspects of port security: compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code)". Canada's presentation will be on the "Evaluation of the OAS Symposium on Border Management: A Dialogue on Cross-Border Cooperation and Border Integrity".

 

Related item: U.S. Pledges $1.6 Million To Fight Terrorism in the Americas (Feb. 17, 2005)

Related item: Terrorism Threatens Latin America, Caribbean, says U.S. Official (Feb. 18, 2005)

 

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