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Press Advisory
February 16, 1999



Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams will visit the Organization of American States (OAS) tomorrow where she will speak at a session of the Permanent Council on the progress of the Ottawa Convention to ban land mines. Williams, who recently toured OAS mine-clearing operations in Central America and met with the presidents of Nicaragua and Honduras, will also discuss achievements of her trip.

The meeting will focus on the progress report on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction. It will also include presentations by Dr. George A.O. Alleyne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization, the Canadian representative to the OAS, Ambassador Peter M. Boehm, the Mexican Ambassador to the OAS, Claude Heller, and the Chair of the Committee on Hemispheric Security Ambassador Carlos Portales from Chile.

The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Organization’s headquarters in Washington, at 17th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. Jody Williams will be available to the press following her presentation.