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  March 14, 2003

Marcelo Hervas, Ecuador’s new Permanent Representative, shares the view of Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General César Gaviria that the Inter-American Democratic Charter, adopted in Lima, Peru, on September 11, 2001, represents a renewed commitment to defending democracy in the Americas.

Presenting credentials to the Secretary General at OAS Headquarters today, Ambassador Hervas said his government “appreciates the Secretary General’s facilitation efforts in regional countries facing political crisis.” He pledged his delegation would “redouble efforts at strengthening our Organization in the interest of solidarity and unity.”

Ambassador Hervas said fighting corruption has been a top priority for President Lucio Gutiérrez’ government, which “firmly supports the Inter-American Democratic Charter” and the draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Secretary General told the new Ambassador he would find “an OAS with a renewed agenda, even more involved in areas it has traditionally covered” and pursuing major initiatives to mobilize resources to deal with such threats to democracy as drug and illegal firearms trafficking. In that regard, explained Gaviria, the Inter-American Democratic Charter “represents a renewed commitment to defend democracy and deliver more tools for the OAS to deal with these problems.”

The Secretary General told the incoming Ambassador: “Ecuador has been very active in our Organization—helping define its policies—and I am confident you will continue in that tradition.”

A 32-year veteran of Ecuador’s Foreign Service, Ambassador Hervas has served as Chief of Mission in Poland and, prior to that, as Alternate Representative to the OAS and to the United Nations. He holds a law degree from the Central University of Ecuador, studied foreign policy at John Hopkins University in Washington, and also pursued postgraduate studies in national security and development. He also has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Institute of Advanced National Studies.

Reference: E-057/03