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OAS Secretary General Mourns Passing of former Uruguayan Foreign Minister Gargano

  February 5, 2013

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today received with great sadness news of the death of the former Foreign Minister, former Senator and President of the Uruguayan Socialist Party Reinaldo Gargano.

The Secretary General, in letters of condolence addressed to the family and to the President of Uruguay, José Mujica, expressed "deep sorrow for the death of a politician of the stature of Reinaldo Gargano, whom I knew as a prominent leader of the Socialist Party and with whom I had the honor of working closely in his time as Foreign Minister, when I began my work in the OAS."

Insulza recalled that "in the best tradition of Uruguayan diplomacy, Gargano was always willing to foster a climate of dialogue and understanding among the peoples of the Americas, which resulted in a great contribution to the diplomacy of the hemisphere." Therefore, "his death is a great loss to Uruguay, but also for the entire hemisphere," added the OAS leader.

Reinaldo Gargano was Foreign Minister of Uruguay between 2005 and 2008 in the government of President Vázquez. He then returned to his seat as a Senator, to which he had been first elected in 1984. Gargano was until his death President of the Socialist Party of Uruguay. He was also Secretary General of the Federation of University Students (FEUU); Secretary General and President of the Association of Judicial Officers of Uruguay; and was a member of the Mesa Representantiva de la Convención Nacional de Trabajadores de Uruguay (CNT). He previously worked as a journalist.

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Reference: E-033/13