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OAS Secretary General Condemns Sinking of South Korean Warship

  May 25, 2010

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today condemned the sinking of the South Korean warship “Cheonan” on March 26, 2010, as a result of the impact of a North Korean torpedo, according to an investigation supported by international experts that concluded recently.

Insulza said that “the sinking of the Cheonan as described by the investigation constitutes a clear violation of international law and a threat to world peace and security,” adding that “the international community cannot accept acts such as this when the validity of dialogue is a reality that strongly imposes itself throughout the world.”

Secretary General Insulza regretted that the events might represent “a step back in the search, supported by the international community, for a solution to the differences between North Korea and South Korea,” an observer country of the OAS, and he sent his condolences in the name of the Organization “to the families of the victims of this tragedy.”

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Reference: E-195/10