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Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 15, 2005


Ratification by the United States of the Inter-American Convention Against Terrorism

Summary

On October 7, 2005, the U.S. Senate gave its advice and consent to the Presidentís ratification of the Inter-American Convention against Terrorism. On November 2, 2005, President Bush signed the instrument of ratification for the Inter-American Convention Against Terrorism.

The United States deposited the instrument of ratification at the Organization of American States headquarters in Washington, D.C. on November 15, 2005, and will become party to the Convention 30 days thereafter in accordance with the Conventionís terms.

The Convention entered into force internationally on July 10, 2003, after six countries became party. As of November 15, 2005, there are 34 Signatories and 13 Parties to the Convention (Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dominica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela).

The Convention, passed by the Organization of American States (OAS) in the immediate aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, commits state parties to endeavor to become party to ten international conventions and protocols relating to terrorism (listed in the Convention), consistent with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1373. The Convention also commits state parties to take certain measures to prevent, combat, and eradicate the financing of terrorism and to deny safe haven to suspected terrorists.

The Treaty further requires that the terrorist acts covered under the specified international conventions and protocols be criminalized as predicate crimes to money laundering. The Convention provides for enhanced cooperation in a number of areas, including exchanges of information, border control measures, and law enforcement actions.

The Convention is a powerful indication of this regionís resolve to fight terrorism in all its forms.

Background

The United States actively participated in the Inter-American Convention against Terrorism negotiations along with the other 33 OAS member states. The Convention was adopted by the OAS General Assembly June 3, 2002 (AG/Resolution 1840(XXXII-0/02).

Text of the Convention can be found at http://www.oas.org/juridico/english/treaties/a-66.htm

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Released on November 15, 2005

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