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  May 14, 2003

Ambassador Sofía Leonor Sánchez Baret presented credentials today as the new Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to the Organization of American States, expressing her readiness to help “make democracy permanent reality for our Hemisphere.”

She told OAS Secretary General César Gaviria she would continue President Hipólito Mejía’s three-year old policy that is “based on non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries and on cooperation with all organizations and all countries.”

The Ambassador renewed her government’s commitment to human rights and public liberties, noting that the Dominican Republic respects every citizen’s right to free expression.

Receiving the credentials, the Secretary General praised the new envoy’s professional experience, noting her contribution “will help the OAS carry out its historic mission while tackling new tasks and responsibilities as mandated by our heads of state and government.”

Gaviria underscored the need to collectively defend democracy, respect human rights, seek a more just Hemisphere, “and see to it that nations of the Americas work together to confront the many new challenges of this era of globalization.”

Sánchez Baret holds a law degree from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo as well as a Master’s degree in political science, and a postgraduate certificate in international relations from Pedro Henríquez Ureña University.

She twice served as a deputy in the Dominican Republic’s Congress—from 1972 to 1982 and from 1998 to 2002—and for two years served as vice president of Socialist International. Ambassador Sánchez Baret has also served as a delegate to the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) and is a member of the Dominican Revolutionary Party’s National Executive Committee as well as its Political Committee.

Reference: E-109/03