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Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 31, 2002


Inter-American Convention Against Terrorism (Fact Sheet)

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell will sign the Inter-American Convention Against Terrorism on behalf of the United States when it is adopted at the OAS General Assembly in Barbados on June 3.  Negotiated pursuant to a mandate from the Organization of American States Foreign Ministers shortly after the events of September 11, the Inter-American Convention Against Terrorism honors the hemispheric-wide commitment to enhance cooperation in the fight against terrorism. 

In brief, the convention:

--Improves regional cooperation in the fight against terrorism, thereby enhancing hemispheric security.

--Commits parties to endeavor to sign and ratify the relevant UN anti-terrorism instruments (a major element in UN Security Council Resolution 1373).

-- Commits parties to use the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and other specialized entities as guidelines in taking measures to prevent, combat and eradicate the financing of terrorism.

-- Denies safe haven to suspected terrorists, both as refugees and asylum-seekers, and denies use of “political offense” exception by suspected terrorists to prevent extradition or rendering of mutual legal assistance.

-- Extends the terrorist acts covered under the relevant UN anti-terrorism instruments to financial crimes (e.g., money laundering) and other provisions of the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime. The OAS Convention thus elaborates for regional use a variety of legal tools that have proven effective against transnational organized crime in recent years.  

-- Enhances cooperation in a number of areas, including: exchanges of information on border control measures and law enforcement actions; appointment of a single national point of contact as liaison with other States and relevant bodies; exchanges of experience and training; technical assistance; and mutual legal assistance.

-- Demonstrates regional solidarity in fight against terrorism.

-- Facilitates the implementation of a number of the mandates in UN Security Council Resolution 1373 and expands our ability to act upon some of the recommendations set forth in the Resolution. 


Released on May 31, 2002

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