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OAS and Paraguay Signed Agreement for the Celebration of the XLIV Regular Session of the General Assembly

  March 6, 2014

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay, Eladio Loizaga, today signed an agreement for the celebration of the Forty-Fourth Regular Session of the General Assembly in Asunción from June 3 to 5, 2014.

At the ceremony, held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, Secretary General Insulza thanked the Government of Paraguay and President Horacio Cartes for their generosity in offering their country as host and organizer of the hemispheric annual meeting. He recalled that the last time that Paraguay hosted the Assembly "was in 1990, almost a quarter of a century ago, when Paraguay had just returned to democracy and the inter-American system celebrated one hundred years of existence."

The Secretary General also mentioned that the Declaration of Asunción of 1990 “served to reaffirm that the ideals of peace, justice and promotion of solidarity and cooperation, which had been present in 1890 when the states of the Americas constituted themselves as a collective reality, were still valid."

The head of the hemispheric organization added that the Declaration of 1990 stated that “democracy, which we have chosen as a way of life and as the basis for the ordering of our societies, must also inspire new forms of relations in the international society." In this regard, he noted that "the OAS has remained true to this principle during the quarter century since that assembly and that, in this context, ​​important advances were achieved such as the Inter-American Democratic Charter and the Declaration on Security in the Americas."

The Secretary General concluded by affirming that "we are confident that on this occasion, the experience of our General Assembly in Paraguay will again serve to effectively guide our future path."

For his part, Minister Loizaga expressed the commitment and satisfaction of his country in welcoming the foreign ministers of the Americas in the OAS Assembly and said that "we are working to ensure conditions are met to provide all the necessary requirements, from a physical, technical and leadership standpoint, so that this Assembly can make a significant contribution and mark a step forward in our region."

The Paraguayan Foreign Minister added that "we are convinced that with the support and collaboration of the OAS General Secretariat and its significant experience in this type of events, we will have a successful Assembly."

The signing ceremony was followed by a regular session of the OAS Permanent Council during which the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay presented to the member states the central theme of the Assembly next June. Prior to the event, Secretary General Insulza welcomed Minister Loizaga in a private meeting in his office at the Organization’s headquarters.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

The B-Roll of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-080/14