Latin American Experts Analyze Methods of Cooperation Against Terrorism
By Dialogo February 04, 2009Today experts from Latin America and the United States convened a meeting in Costa Rica to analyze possible methods of cooperation against terrorism and its financial sources. The Vice-Minister of the Presidency of Costa Rica, José Torres, commented at the inauguration of the event that “all countries” are vulnerable to attacks, a situation that “demonstrates the need to address this scourge from global and regional perspectives.” The functionary explained that this meeting is intended to “formulate, discuss, and establish procedures, actions, and strategies oriented toward the prevention, control, and suppression of terrorism.” The experts pointed to drug and weapon trafficking, human trafficking, product counterfeiting, smuggling, fraud, kidnapping, and extortion as the main sources of terrorism’s funding. “Terrorism and its financing are real problems that impact this region, and it is up to all states to take them into consideration. Ignoring this situation would be a serious mistake,” said Torres. Participants in this event, which is called The Sub-Regional Workshop on Terrorism Financing and which will end next Friday, include functionaries associated with the safety of the United States and Latin American countries such as Paraguay, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Brazil, and Bolivia. This event, in which systems of control, prevention, and suppression of the financing of terrorism are analyzed, also expects the regional representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Mauro Miedico, to attend. Also present are the director of the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism of the Organization of American States (OAS), Ignacio Ibáñez, and the representative of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission, John Grajales, among other authorities.