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AG/DEC. 34 (XXXIII-O/03)


(Declaration adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 10, 2003) 

The member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) express their support for the Declaration of the Rio Group on the situation in Colombia, issued on May 24, 2003, in Cuzco, Peru, by the Heads of State and Government of the Rio Group, in which they decided: 

“To urge the Secretary-General of the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. Kofi Annan, to use his good offices decisively to promote a peace process in Colombia, exhorting the guerrilla movements operating there to sign an agreement on the cessation of hostilities and to enter into an open and transparent dialogue that, on the basis of a timetable with deadlines, which has been discussed and approved by the parties, will make possible a definitive peaceful resolution of the Colombian conflict, which increasingly affects the neighboring countries of the region.

“If this process does not have the desired success, the Rio Group, along with the UN Secretary-General and in coordination with the Government of Colombia, will seek other alternative solutions through new consultations.”[1]/

[1].      The delegation of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela supports this declaration and wishes to enter its full reservation to the second paragraph.

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