(Declaration made at the
time of adoption)
The Delegation of Mexico
requests for the record that the following statement by the Government of
Mexico be appended to the corresponding Protocol of Amendment:
"The Government of Mexico
reiterates its bent for and commitment to democracy based on the strictest
respect for and adherence to the principles of nonintervention and
self-determination. Mexico has reacted swiftly and firmly to disruptions
of the constitutional order on numerous occasions in the past but remains
convinced, nonetheless, that democracy is a process which comes from the
sovereign will of the people, and cannot be imposed from outside. Mexico is
categorically opposed to any attempt to disrupt the constitutional order in
any country and further expresses a deep commitment to democracy and the
amelioration of our political systems. It insists, however, that it is
unacceptable to give to regional organizations supra-national powers and
instruments for intervening in the internal affairs of our states.
The Government of Mexico
maintains that the preservation and strengthening of democracy in our region
cannot be enhanced through isolation, suspension or exclusion, and hence
believes that the wording on suspension of member states as approved here
today, has changed the original purpose of our Organization.
Mexico is opposed to the
punitive character ascribed to the OAS and reaffirms its conviction
thatcooperation and dialogue are the most effective means of resolving
internal conflicts within states or conflicts between states.
Consequently, the Government
of Mexico is placing on record its opposition to these amendments to the
charter as approved at the XVI Special Session of the General Assembly."