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May 20, 1998

Ambassador Julio César Aráoz presented credentials Wednesday morning to Secretary General César Gaviria as Argentina's new permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS).

The Argentine envoy, a lawyer who graduated from the Catholic University of Cordoba, succeeds Ambassador Alicia Martínez Ríos. Before coming to the OAS, he was secretary of programming for drug addiction prevention and the fight against narcotics, assigned to the office of the president.

He was a deputy for the Province of Cordoba from 1983 to 1985, four years alter assuming the post of secretary of energy which he held until 1990. In 1991, he was appointed as federal supervisor for the Province of Tucumán, becoming that same year minister of health and social action. He joined the National Constituent Convention in 1994.

Ambassador Aráoz is also a seasoned educator. From 1977 to 1979, he taught at the Catholic University of Cordoba as associate professor of constitutional law and was full professor of energy policy at the Cordoba Institute for Energy Studies from 1979 to 1982.

A widely published author of books and other works in his field, Argentina's new envoy has also participated in numerous courses, conferences and seminars in the Province of Cordoba.

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