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OAS Secretary General Names Former Governor of New Mexico His Special Envoy

  January 11, 2011

OAS Secretary General Names Former Governor of New Mexico His Special Envoy
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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met with the former Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, today in his office in Washington, DC, where the two spoke about the main issues on the regional agenda, especially those related to the energy sector and the more complex aspects of the phenomenon of hemispheric migration.

During the meeting, Secretary General Insulza asked former Governor Richardson to assume once again the charge of Special Envoy for Hemispheric Affairs, a position he held from 2006 to 2007. The meeting gave the North American politician an opportunity to share with the head of the hemispheric Organization his gratitude for the trust placed on his experience, which will allow him once again to confront the challenges of regional migration as OAS Special Envoy.

The Secretary General asserted that “in the next few weeks we will decide on the missions to be fulfilled by the Governor.”

Richardson, a member of the Democratic Party, has held high diplomatic and political positions, among them Ambassador of the United States to the United Nations and U.S. Secretary of Energy, both under President Bill Clinton. He was Governor of New Mexico from 2003 a 2011.

The Secretary General named Richardson Special Envoy in 2006, and Richardson held this position until he ran for the presidency of the United States.

As a “goodwill ambassador,” the former governor of New Mexico will help promote dialogue on issues of importance to the region, soften positions between countries on some complex issues, and strengthen relations between countries.

Reference: FNE-4728