Press Release


OAS Permanent Council Approves Resolution Introduced by Costa Rica to Convene a Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs

  November 18, 2010

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today passed with 22 votes in favor, 1 against and 7 abstentions a resolution introduced by the Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the Organization to convene a meeting of consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

The meeting of Foreign Ministers will be held Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 11:00 EST (16:00 GMT) to analyze the situation between Costa Rica and Nicaragua in the border zone of the San Juan River.

The text of the resolution reads as follows:

THE PERMANENT COUNCIL OF THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES,

UNDERSCORING that the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS) determines that its essential purposes include strengthening hemispheric peace and security and, preventing possible causes of difficulties and ensuring the pacific settlement of disputes that may arise among the member states of the Organization;

CONSIDERING the request made by Costa Rica to the Permanent Council for the convocation of a Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs in the framework of the OAS Charter;

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the “Report of the Secretary General of the OAS on his Visit to Costa Rica and Nicaragua” (CP/doc.4521/10), presented to the Permanent Council on November 9, 2010;

RECALLING resolution CP/RES. 978 (1777/10) on the “Situation in the Border Area between Costa Rica and Nicaragua,” adopted on November 12, 2010;

HAVING HEARD the Report of the Secretary General on the implementation of the aforementioned resolution; and

RECALLING ONCE AGAIN the willingness of Costa Rica and Nicaragua to engage in dialogue,

RESOLVES:

To convene a Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs at the headquarters of the Organization of American States at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, in order to:

1. Hear the Report of the Secretary General and consider the situation in the border area between Costa Rica and Nicaragua; and

2. Agree on appropriate measures to be adopted.


Reference: E-444/10