PERMANENT COUNCIL OF THE
ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES
REPORT OF THE INTER-AMERICAN DRUG ABUSE CONTROL COMMISSION (CICAD) TO THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON INTER-AMERICAN SUMMITS MANAGEMENT
ORGANIZACION DE LOS ESTADOS AMERICANOS
September 5, 1995
I have the honor to address Your Excellency with reference to your kind letter of August 25, 1995, in which you request the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), which I chair, to report on activities to implement the Plan of Action arising from the hemispheric summit of presidents held in Miami in December 1994.
Regarding the "Commitments" cited in your letter, I am pleased to note the following:
COMMITMENT 1: Governments will: as agreed by ministers and representatives of Caribbean and Latin American governments in the Kingston Declaration, November 5-6, 1992, implement the recommendations of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering and work to adopt the Model Regulations of the Inter-American Commission on Drug Abuse Control (CICAD).
In this regard, CICAD has participated in all the coordination meetings convened by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and in the working conferences on money laundering held this year in Washington on April 19 and 20 and from June 22 to 23, respectively. As a result, CICAD can verify that the draft "Ministerial Communiqué," the draft "Declaration of Principles, " and the draft Pan of Action" to be adopted by the Ministerial Conference on Money Laundering scheduled for Buenos Aires, Argentina, from November 20 through December 3, 1995, each include references to CICAD and its "Model Regulations Concerning Laundering Offences Connected to Illicit Drug Trafficking and Related Offences." They also recommend expeditious adoption by the countries of the Hemisphere under their respective domestic laws.
CICAD has also conducted a series of seminars and training, courses, in conjunction with other government, institutions, and international organizations such as, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the French Government's Inter-Ministerial Anti Drug Training Center (CIFAD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the G-7 Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and the World Customs Organization, among others. Prominent among them is the seventh annual police training program, held in Ottawa, Canada, in July 1995, which emphasized money laundering investigations: A seminar on, money laundering is also to be held in Martinique in October, under the auspices of CICAD and CIFAD.
Lastly, with regard to this commitment, it should be noted that the CICAD expert group on money laundering will resume it work after the Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to evaluate the Commission's program in this area, develop future strategies reflecting the changes observed in the classification of money laundering crimes, and promote effective application of the Model Regulations by the member states.
COMMITMENT 2: "Support the discussion the OAS has initiated with the European Union on measures to control precursor chemicals."
The Commission continues to work with appropriate European Union staff to draft an agreement on chemical precursor control that takes due account of the elements deemed essential by the CICAD expert group on chemical precursors at its meeting in early 1995. Once accepted by the parties that draft model agreement is expected to serve as a starting point for future bilateral agreements between the European Community and individual OAS member states.
Accept, Excellency, the renewed assurances of my highest consideration.
José Antonio Sossa Rodríguez
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