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April 2, 1998

Laura Elena N˙˝ez Flores today presented credentials as the new permanent representative of Honduras to the Organization of American States (OAS). Presenting the credentials to Secretary General CÚsar Gaviria, the new envoy stated that the proposals for a new vision of the OAS were essentially consistent with the new agenda which President Carlos Flores unveiled to the Honduran people.

The Honduran diplomat reiterated the support of her government and the country's Permanent Mission to the OAS for the efforts being undertaken by the Secretary General to tackle, "together with you and all the member countries the challenges posed by the new democracy in our hemisphere."

Accepting the ambassador's credentials, the OAS chief noted that the principles enshrined in the Charter of the OAS together with the mandates received from the heads of state and government "will be the compass guiding our efforts and will be the basis of every action our Organization takes in the years ahead."

On the next Summit of the Americas that will be convened in Santiago, Chile, Mr. Gaviria said he was convinced that the heads of state, speaking on behalf of the peoples of the Americas, "will give us guidelines and responsibilities that will entail a great deal of commitment by everyone. We hope Honduras will be an integral part of those new efforts," the OAS Secretary General declared.

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