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  August 14, 2009

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Thursday approved by acclamation a Resolution to hold the Fortieth Regular Session of the General Assembly of the OAS in the city of Lima, Peru, on June 6, 7 and 8, 2010.

The approval of the Resolution was in response to a formal offer made by the Government of Peru, headed by President Alan García, to hold the next regular session of the OAS’s top political body in his country. María Zavala Valladares, Peru’s Permanent Representative before the OAS, made the proposal to the Council.

In her words to the Council, the diplomat highlighted Peru’s “historical compromise” with integration. “In that respect, Peru, as a founding Member State of the OAS, has since the beginning backed all efforts towards integration and hemispheric political dialogue, placing special emphasis on the promotion of peace and regional security, neighborliness, the peaceful resolution of conflict, international solidarity and cooperation for development,” Zavala said.

“We hope to be able to welcome you in Lima, the entrance door to Peru’s thousand-year-old civilization, which offers not only world-class aerial connectivity, a vast hotel infrastructure and one of the world’s most reputable gastronomies, but also a variety of attractions like colonial monuments, archeological remains, museums, the sea and a strong and creative cultural life animated by the mixture of races and Peruvian fusion,” the Ambassador stated.

It might be pointed out that article 54 of the OAS Charter establishes that “the General Assembly is the supreme organ of the Organization of American States.” Representation of the Member States is generally assumed by the Ministers of Foreign Relations.

Reference: E-262/09