Press Release


OAS Secretary General Sends Condolences to Spain for Victims of Train Accident

  July 27, 2013

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, sent condolences on his behalf and that of the Organization to Spain for the victims of the train crash near Santiago de Compostela on July 24.

Through letters addressed to King Juan Carlos and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the Secretary General expressed his "deep sorrow over the tragedy" and said, "all the Americas share the suffering of the Spanish people and the families affected."

The Secretary General offered "in these unfortunate times, our deepest sympathy. The OAS stands with the Spanish people and sends our condolences and sympathy, confident that the established ties that bind us will serve as a support in overcoming this terrible event."

"We are confident that united Spain will overcome this tragedy, as it has done in the past, with stoicism and the affection that helps us to balance the sadness and counter the pain we feel," added Secretary General Insulza.

The OAS leader concluded by saying that he and the Organization he directs "share in the expressions of affection from all the corners of our Hemisphere, where today more than ever we are united in our hearts with our Spanish brothers."

Reference: E-286/13