Monday, September 18, 2006

Costa Rica ratifies Inter-American convention against terrorism

Costa Rica's permanent representative to the OAS, Javier Sancho Bonilla.Becomes 21st nation to join efforts to fight terrorism in Western Hemisphere

By Eric Green
Washington File Staff Writer

Washington - Costa Rica has joined the United States and 19 other nations in the Western Hemisphere in ratifying a regional pact designed to eliminate the financing of terrorism and to deny safe haven to suspected terrorists.

In a September 15 statement, the Organization of American States (OAS) said Costa Rica deposited that day the instruments of ratification for the Inter-American Convention Against Terrorism. By doing so, said the OAS, Costa Rica is "thus honoring its commitment to collaborate in the international effort against the scourge" of terrorism.

Costa Rica's permanent representative to the OAS, Javier Sancho Bonilla, said that by ratifying the convention, his country now is "party to all hemispheric and international instruments in force to combat" terrorism.

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