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AG/RES. 1877 (XXXII-O/02): Support for the Work of the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism


June 4, 2002

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(Resolution adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 4, 2002)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

HAVING SEEN the Report of the Chair of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism to the General Assembly (CP/doc.3578/02);

BEARING IN MIND that, through its resolution AG/RES. 1650 (XXIX-O/99), "Hemispheric Cooperation to Prevent, Combat, and Eliminate Terrorism," the General Assembly created the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) and approved its Statute;

RECALLING its resolutions AG/RES. 1734 (XXX-O/00), "Observations and Recommendations on the Annual Report of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism," and AG/RES. 1789 (XXXI-O/01), "Support for the Work of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism";

BEARING IN MIND that terrorist acts, such as those perpetrated on September 11, 2001, in which citizens of 32 member states lost their lives, represent an attack on the democratic values and principles which the Organization of American States upholds;

CONSIDERING that, at the Twenty-Third Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the ministers called for an early convocation of CICTE to identify urgent actions aimed at strengthening inter-American cooperation to prevent, combat, and eliminate terrorism in the Hemisphere (resolution RC.23/RES. 1/01 rev. 1 corr. 1, "Strengthening of Hemispheric Cooperation to Prevent, Combat, and Eliminate Terrorism");

RECOGNIZING the important contributions made by member states and permanent observer states toward such strengthening, through the two special sessions held on October 15, 2001, and November 29, 2001, and by seconding personnel to staff the CICTE Secretariat and providing resources to support its work;

WELCOMING, as the product of these cooperative efforts, the recommendations on border controls and financial controls, as well as the CICTE work plan 2002-2003, approved by the principal representatives and heads of delegation to the second regular session of CICTE on January 28 and 29, 2002 (OEA/Ser.L/X.2.2, CICTE/doc.9/01); and

BEARING IN MIND United Nations Security Council resolution S/RES/1373 (2001), which called on members states to take specific measures to combat international terrorism,

RESOLVES:

1. To reaffirm its commitment to strengthen hemispheric cooperation and continue to implement specific measures to prevent, combat, and eliminate international terrorism.

2. To express satisfaction with the progress made by the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) since September 11, 2001, in identifying urgent measures to strengthen hemispheric cooperation to prevent, combat, and eliminate terrorism and in adopting specific recommendations on border controls and financial controls and the CICTE work plan 2002-2003.

3. To welcome the establishment of the CICTE Secretariat to support the implementation of CICTE's program of activities, including the establishment of a network of experts, a database of information, and a training program, especially in the areas of border controls and financial controls.

4. To express its appreciation to those member states and permanent observer states which have contributed personnel and other resources for the CICTE Secretariat and to support the implementation of CICTE's program of activities; and also to welcome any further collaboration and contributions.

5. To underscore the importance of collaboration and coordination on counterterrorism programs and activities between CICTE, member states, permanent observer states, the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the United Nations Security Council, other regional organizations, and other bodies of the inter-American system.

6. To urge member states to:

a. Continue efforts to implement the recommendations on border controls and financial controls agreed to at the second regular session of CICTE, as well as those set forth in the United Nations Security Council resolution S/RES/1373 (2001).

b. Report to the third regular session of CICTE on measures taken to implement the recommendations, agreed to at the second regular session of CICTE, and provide a copy of their reports on measures taken to implement United Nations Security Council resolution S/RES/1373 (2001).

c. Respond, if they have not yet done so, to the CICTE questionnaire.

7. To request CICTE to present recommendations that it may deem pertinent to the preparatory body of the Special Conference on Security as a contribution to the preparations for that Conference.

8. To instruct the General Secretariat to continue providing administrative support for the CICTE Secretariat and the third regular session of CICTE, to be held in January 2003, within the resources allocated in the program-budget and other resources.

9. To request CICTE to report to the General Assembly at its thirty-third regular session on the implementation of this resolution.



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