is a useful coordination vehicle for counter-terrorism policies and information, it is not at the center of action, which is driven by the United States' own policies and resource transfers.
Created in 1999 and reinvigorated after the September 11, 2001 attacks, CICTE
is a model for regional cooperation on counterterrorism matters, according to the United Nations.
We firmly stand behind the Organization of American States and CICTE leading the charge to marshal our shared resources and expertise to combat terrorism.
We encourage CICTE and its members to enhance collaboration with other OAS organizations, such as Inter-American Drug Information System (CICAD) and Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFFA); international organizations, such as the United Nations Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (UNCTC), G-8's Roma-Lyon Group and Counterterrorism Action Group, and APEC; and, non-hemispheric countries, such as Spain and Israel.
Joint efforts with the OAS CICTE
and UNODC (Vienna), funded by INL, among others, led to two regional workshops in 2010 on the financing of terrorism for legislators, prosecutors, police and financial analysts in Costa Rica (six countries) and The Bahamas (13 countries).
From 2002-03, El Salvador was chair of the OAS anti-terrorism coordinating body, CICTE
In January, CICTE
identified urgent actions aimed at strengthening inter-American cooperation to prevent, combat, and eliminate terrorism in the Hemisphere.