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OAS Secretary General Meets with Leader of the Opposition of Canada

  March 12, 2013

OAS Secretary General Meets with Leader of the Opposition of Canada
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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today met with the head of the New Democratic Party and Canadian Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair, who attended the meeting along with other members of parliament.

The meeting, held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, focused on the analysis of the political, economic and social development of the countries of the hemisphere, specifically on issues such as Inter-American relations, the future of the political and economic integration at the sub regional level, and the greatest challenges facing many countries in Central and South America on issues such as poverty, inequality, lack of access to basic services, sustainable development and the vulnerability of minorities.

The Secretary General presented to the group of Canadian parliamentarians his vision of how crime and violence continue to be among the major concerns of the citizens of the Americas, and commented on how these problems affect the stability of democratic institutions. He also explained the work that the OAS is doing in preparing the report on the state of the drugs problem in the region, entrusted to the organization by the Heads of State and Government of the region in the last Summit of the Americas. In this regard he said the document, which will be delivered soon, will include an evaluation of the economic and social impact of the issue as well as its effects on transit countries and the possible scenarios to address it.

The meeting also covered issues such as the strengthening of the Inter-American System and the preparations for the Seventh Summit of the Americas, scheduled to take place in Panama in 2015.

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Reference: FNE-11620