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January 10, 2001

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Ecuador and Argentina, underscoring their support for the inter-American legal system, today deposited instruments ratifying Organization of American States (OAS) treaties that protect the rights of children as well as persons with disabilities.

Ambassador Blasco Peñaherrera deposited with Secretary General César Gaviria Ecuador's documents ratifying the Inter-American Convention on Support Obligations. The treaty entered into force on March 6, 1996, having been adopted in Montevideo, Uruguay, on July 15, 1989.

Juan José Arcuri, the Argentine Ambassador to the OAS, deposited the instrument of ratification for the Inter-American Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities, adopted Jene 7, 1999 in Guatemala City. That convention has yet to enter into force.

The treaty that Ecuador ratified sets forth rights pertaining to support obligations as well as competence and international cooperation on procedures. The latter convention seeks to implement legislative, social, educational or labor measures, or other measures to prevent discrimination against those with disabilities, while fostering their full integration into society.