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Secretaries General of the OAS and the UN Discuss Political Context in Latin America and the Caribbean

  February 13, 2013

Secretaries General of the OAS and the UN Discuss Political Context in Latin America and the Caribbean
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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today received a courtesy visit from the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC.

During the meeting, the two leaders discussed the political context in Latin America and the Caribbean, with special emphasis on the situation in Haiti, where the OAS, through its representative, and the UN, through the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), work closely. The two leaders also spoke about the role of the OAS in Colombia through the Mission to Support the Peace Process (MAPP/OEA), integration policies in the different sub-regions of the hemisphere, and issues related to hemispheric migration.

Secretary General Insulza explained to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon the progress made in the report on the drug problem, which was commissioned by the Heads of State and Government of the region at the Summit of the Americas in 2012, and which will be presented in late March. For his part, the UN Secretary-General was particularly interested in the electoral processes underway in the region.

The Secretary General of the OAS received his UN counterpart together with the Assistant Secretary General of the hemispheric organization, Albert Ramdin; the Chief of Staff of the Secretary General, Ambassador Hugo de Zela; the Secretary of External Relations, Alfonso Quiñónez; and the Director of the Department of International Affairs, Jorge Sanin. Secretary Ban Ki-moon attended the meeting with his Chief of Cabinet, Susana Malcorra; the Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs of the UN, Jeffrey Feltman; the Under Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal; and the Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning, Robert Orr.

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Reference: FNE-11331