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  April 23, 2003

A high-level Special Conference on Hemispheric Security, originally scheduled to be held next month in Mexico City, has been postponed to the last quarter of this year. The precise date of the conference is to be determined, “taking into consideration the date of the Special Summit of the Americas.”

The Organization of American States (OAS) Permanent Council so agreed today, in a resolution presented by Mexico’s Ambassador to the OAS Miguel Ruiz-Cabañas.

The Permanent Council, the OAS’ second highest decision-making body that comprises the member states’ Ambassadors, also decided it would instruct the Committee on Hemispheric Security, in its capacity as preparatory body of the Conference, to continue organizing the Conference.

In the resolution, the member states also decided that an update on the status of preparations for the Special Security Conference would be presented to the upcoming 33rd regular session of the OAS General Assembly, slated for Santiago, Chile, in June.

The decision to postpone the security conference follows a request by the government of Mexico, presented by the Permanent Representative, seeking to extend the preparatory period for the Conference, to enable the preparatory body to reach the necessary understanding “to ensure that the results of the Conference are what member states wish for.”

Reference: E-091/03