DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MINISTER LEADS
OAS SPECIAL MISSION TO PERU MONDAY
The Dominican Republic's Foreign
Minister, Eduardo Latorre, is leading a Special Mission of the Organization of American
States (OAS) that arrives in Lima, Peru, on Monday, July 17,2000. The purpose of the
two-day visit is to bring the relevant parties together to implement an agreement worked
out during last month's visit by Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy and OAS
Secretary General César Gaviria.
Canada's Ambassador to the OAS, Peter
Boehm, and the Secretary General's Chief of Staff, Fernando Jaramillo, are accompanying
Mr. Latorre, the Permanent Secretary of the Mission, on this trip to Lima. Mr. Latorre's
role is to facilitate dialogue among various segments of Peruvian civil society and
government, monitor the strengthening of Peru's democratic institutions, and implement the
recommendations made by the Special Mission which visited Peru last June 28 to 29.
The OAS Special Mission will meet with
Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, opposition leader Alejandro Toledo, top government
officials, political leaders, and representatives of the private sector, the Church and
civil society, among others.
This Special Mission is being undertaken at
the invitation of the Government of Peru and pursuant to an OAS General Assembly mandate
from it's last session in Windsor, Canada in June.
Foreign Minister Latorre has taught at
several universities in the Dominican Republic and the United States and has been a
columnist for El Siglo and Listín Diario newspapers. He has served as Executive Secretary
of the Latin American and Caribbean Sugar Exporting Countries (GEPLACEA). He was also
Executive Director of the Dominican Development Foundation and Rector of INTEC University.
Foreign Minister Latorre took a leave of absence from his Foreign Ministry to conduct the
current Special Mission.