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U.S. Delegation to the Fifth Regular Session of the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism

The Fifth Regular Session of the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE), will take place in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on February 16-18, 2005. Asa Hutchinson, Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will lead the U.S. delegation. Ambassador John F. Maisto, U.S. Permanent Representative to the OAS, and William P. Pope, the State Department's Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism are also scheduled to join him.

The conference will build on the momentum created by the Inter-American Convention Against Terrorism, which was signed in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001. The member states of the committee expect to approve a political declaration that strengthens the hemisphere's commitment to counterterrorism cooperation. The participants will focus on a broad range of issues, including strengthening border and financial controls and addressing threats to cybersecurity, transportation infrastructure and document security.

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