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OAS Secretary General Meets with UN Secretary General

  April 10, 2015

OAS Secretary General Meets with UN Secretary General
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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met today with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, in the framework of the Seventh Summit of the Americas, which begins today in Panama.

During the meeting, they discussed the current political developments in the Hemisphere and the cooperation between the two institutions, with special emphasis in the process of the full reintegration of Cuba to the Hemisphere's community of nations; the upcoming elections in Haiti; support for countries affected by natural disasters and the joint work towards peace in Central America and Colombia. They also reaffirmed their commitment to work together on the mandates that emerge from the Summit, on which both institutions will play a key role in implementation and follow-up.

Secretary General Ban praised the leadership of Secretary General Insulza in his ten year term at the head of the Organization, which concludes on May 25, and called it "a source of inspiration and support." The OAS leader, for his part, expressed his gratitude for "the close collaboration during these years with you and your team."

The meeting included the presence of the Secretary General-elect of the OAS, Luis Almagro; the Chief of Staff of the OAS Secretary General, Hugo de Zela; the Chief of Staff of the UN Secretary General, Susana Malcorra; the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) of the UN, Alicia Bárcena; the Secretary for External Relations of the OAS, Alfonso Quiñonez; the Under Secretary for Political Affairs of the UN, Jeffrey Feltman; and the Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Development Programme, Jessica Faieta.

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Reference: FNE-17508