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OAS donates 20 satellite telephones to the Government of Chile

  March 4, 2010

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today presented to the Permanent Representative of Chile to the Organization, Ambassador Pedro Oyarce, twenty satellite telephones to help in reestablishing communications in the areas that were isolated after the earthquake that hit the South American country on February 27.

The donation, worth 25,000 dollars, was managed by the Emergency Aid Fund of the OAS (FONDEM) and responds to the request made by the Chilean government to the Secretary General of the Organization.

“Since the beginning the OAS put itself to the disposition of the Chilean government to collaborate with what was necessary. The satellite telephones were identified by the Executive as one of the top necessities in order to manage, in the most efficient manner, help to those affected. We are glad to be able to help in this way,” said the Secretary General.

Ambassador Oyarce thanked the OAS for the donation and said that “this is a gesture that we Chileans extremely appreciate, because it addresses the concerns that our authorities have mentioned to the international community. It is in these moments of pain and sadness when humanitarian multilateral action is felt.”

The OAS is also collaborating with Chile through the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF). Its Executive Director, John Sambrailo, explained that “with the support of the Mission of Chile to the OAS we are opening an account to receive donations and we are managing more help for the victims of the earthquake and we hope to support the Chilean government with everything they need.”

The event was also attended by the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Albert R. Ramdin, the President of the Permanent Council and Ambassador of Costa Rica, José Enrique Castillo Barrantes, and the Permanent Representative of Haiti, Ambassador Duly Brutus. The event took place in the office of the Secretary General at the Organization’s headquarters in Washington, DC.

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Reference: E-066/10