CTC Chair: Cooperation with OAS to strengthen and expand further
23 March 2011
The Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), Hardeep Singh Puri, together with the Deputy Executive Director of CTED, Howard Stoffer, and the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, agreed in a meeting in Washington D.C. on 17 March to continue to build on the “excellent cooperation” between their two institutional bodies.
Both organizations attach great importance to international cooperation to fight terrorism, a scourge that continues to be a threat to peace and security. “Though this region has in recent years been able to prevent major acts of terrorism, that doesn’t mean we haven’t lived dramatic attacks in the past, which is why this continues to be a central issue to us,” Secretary General Insulza said.
Some of the deadliest terrorist acts to hit the region include the 1976 Cubana Airlines bombing, the 1992 and 1994 bombings in Argentina, and the 2001 attacks on the United States.
Speaking at the Eleventh Regular Session of the OAS Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE), Ambassador Puri said most States in the Americas are making progress in counter-terrorism efforts, from adopting modern legislation to strengthening financial regulations. Cooperation, however, has been limited in some instances by “weak institutions that undermine the effectiveness of implementation,” he said in his speech.
During the CICTE session, OAS Member States reiterated their commitment to fight terrorism and called for “renewed and strengthened” international cooperation.
The United Nations is a partner of the OAS and other national, regional and international organizations in preventing and combating terrorism around the world. The CTC, CTED and the CICTE have done substantive work in this field and expect to improve on this relationship in the future.
“I welcome this important cooperation and hope that it will continue to strengthen and expand further in our shared resolve to eradicate terrorism in the Americas and around the world,” Ambassador Puri said.