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  March 20, 2008

Secretary General José Miguel Insulza welcomed Prime Minister Dean Barrow of Belize to the Organization of American States headquarters Thursday morning, reiterating the hemispheric body’s willingness to assist to its member states in whatever way it can.

The Secretary General congratulated Prime Minister Barrow on his election to office in early February, and told him how much the OAS values the contribution and commitment of Belize to advancing the hemispheric agenda.

During today’s discussions with the OAS Secretary General—his first official visit to the OAS since becoming Prime Minister—Barrow reviewed a range of hemispheric and international issues as well as programs and projects being undertaken in Belize by the hemispheric organization. Notable among OAS programs in Belize, reference was made to those concerned with the social agenda, tourism, trade and strengthening of governance and democratic institutions.

Prime Minister Barrow made particular mention of his country’s appreciation of the engagement by the OAS in helping find a way forward, towards resolution of the Belize-Guatemala territorial conflict. Prime Barrow also extended an invitation for an official visit to Belize by Secretary General Insulza.

In their discussions, the Prime Minister and the Secretary General also touched on economic development issues in Belize, with the Prime Minister noting recent oil finds that will help his country address the energy challenges. Barrow underscored at the same time the care being taken to ensure that in exploiting even the small deposits of oil that have found, the environment is safeguarded.

The Belizean Prime Minister is in Washington to meet with United States President George W. Bush, along with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham of the Bahamas and Prime Minister David Thompson of Barbados.

Reference: E-089/08