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Chile Assumes Chair of the OAS Permanent Council

  January 9, 2018

Chile Assumes Chair of the OAS Permanent Council
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The Permanent Representative of Chile, Juan Anibal Barría, today assumed the Chair of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) -which rotates every three months- with a call to defend the values of the Organization, among which he highlighted the defense of democracy and freedom.

"This year our Organization celebrates 70 years, so we have to be more consistent, loyal and faithful than ever to commitments to a greater and better representative democracy, with the rule of law, with the expansion of rights and freedoms and to strengthen peace and security in our Hemisphere," said the Chilean diplomat.

Meanwhile, the outgoing Chair of the Council, the Ambassador of Canada, Jennifer Loten, highlighted the agenda promoted during her term. "Canada is very very proud of the role we played –we’ve been able to bring forward some very important issues that have always been part of our set of priorities- gender issues, human rights, democracy”, she added.

The Permanent Representative of Grenada, Angus Friday, will be the Vice Chair of the Council.

Reference: FNE-63078