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  March 10, 2003

Presenting credentials at the Organization of American States (OAS), Colombia’s new Permanent Representative Horacio Serpa expressed confidence that the hemispheric body would continue efforts towards hemispheric integration while pursuing the objectives of the Inter-American Democratic Charter.

“I have come with a message from President Alvaro Uribe Vélez and the Colombian people, reaffirming our country’s commitment to democratic principles,” declared Serpa as he presented his accreditation letters to Assistant Secretary General Luigi Einaudi on Monday.

The Assistant Secretary General praised Colombia’s crucial role in the OAS throughout the Organization’s history, and welcomed Serpa as representative of “a great country” in an OAS that is essentially a political forum resonating throughout the Americas.

Born in Bucaramanga, Santander Department, Ambassador Serpa holds a Ph.D. in law and political sciences. He was Minister of Culture and Minister of the Interior from 1994 to 1997 and was also a member and Chairman of the Central Political Committee and National Director of the Colombian Liberal Party, which he represented when he ran for President of Colombia in 1998 and 2002. Between 1988 and 1992 he was Attorney General as well as High Commissioner for Peace.

Horacio Serpa succeeds Humberto de la Calle as Colombia’s Permanent Representative to the OAS.

Reference: E-054/03