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Government of Colombia Begins Consultations with OAS Support for the 2012 Summit of the Americas

  December 9, 2010

Government of Colombia Begins Consultations with OAS Support for the 2012 Summit of the Americas
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Representatives of the Government of Colombia today held a series of meetings with authorities of the Organization of American States (OAS) and with political stakeholders from the Summits of the Americas for the purpose of advancing the Summit of the Americas follow-up and beginning preparations for the sixth hemispheric meeting of heads of State and Government, the date of which recently was announced as April 14-15, 2012.

OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza was present at these meetings and expressed his satisfaction with the approach taken by the Government of Colombia to move ahead in the institutionalization of the process, promote regional cooperation by working with multilateral institutions affiliated with this process; prepare a summit declaration with more realistic, clear and measurable commitments; and encourage a permanent dialogue to help incorporate the realities of the hemisphere and promote “unity and not dissent among the member countries of the organization."

The Chairman of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG), Ambassador Jaime Girón (Colombia), chaired a meeting with the regional and international organizations that make up the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG), whose representatives have in recent months submitted a series of working papers to contribute to the definition of the central theme of the VI Summit. Similarly, Ambassador Girón, along with government representatives from the next summit host country, held a dialogue with representatives of the SIRG Executive Council, which is comprised of representatives from previous summit organizers (the U.S., Chile, Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Trinidad and Tobago) and representatives of regional groups.

The Summit Implementation Review Group will hold its second preparatory meeting on Thursday, December 9, at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC. At this meeting, countries hope to begin defining the central theme for the VI Summit, to be headquartered in Cartagena, Colombia.

Reference: FNE-4674