Treaty Doc. 106-6: International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, Transmitting International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 15, 1997, and Signed on Behalf of the United States of America on January 12, 1998, Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred and Sixth Congress, First Session, September 8, 1999   [open pdf - 581KB]

This is the September 8, 1999 message from the President of the United States on "International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings" as referred to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. President Bill Clinton's Letter of Transmittal: "In recent years, we have witnessed an unprecedented and intolerable increase in acts of terrorism involving bombings in public places in various parts of the world. The United states initiated the negotiation of this convention in the aftermath of the June 1996 bombing attack on U.S. military personnel in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, in which 17 U.S. Air Force personnel were killed as the result of a truck bombing. [...] In essence, the Convention imposes binding legal obligations upon States Parties either to submit for prosecution or to extradite any person within their jurisdiction who commits an offense as defined in Article 2, attempts to commit such an act, participates as an accomplice, organizes or directs others to commit such an offense, or in any other way contributes to the commission of an offense by a group of persons acting with a common purpose. A State Party is subject to these obligations without regard to the place where the alleged act covered by Article 2 took place."

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