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Secretary General Insulza Opens Day of Dialogue between the OAS and the European Union

  March 21, 2013

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States, José Miguel Insulza, today opened a day of dialogue on policies and cooperation with Christian Leffler, Director for the Americas of the European External Action Service of the European Union, and other European representatives, at the headquarters of the hemispheric organization in Washington, DC.

Secretary General Insulza said the relationship between the OAS and the European Union represents a “true partnership,” and that the two institutions share principles about the importance of democracy and its institutions, human rights, integral development, and citizen security. Ambassador Leffler emphasized that the agenda of the dialogue reflects “the richness and the dimensions” of the joint work of the EU and the OAS.

Present at the meeting were the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Albert Ramdin; the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Emilio Álvarez Icaza; the Secretaries of External Relations, Multidimensional Security, and Political Affairs of the OAS, Alfonso Quiñonez, Adam Blackwell, and Kevin Casas-Zamora, respectively; the Chief of Staff of the OAS Secretary General, Hugo de Zela; and the Deputy Head of Division for Regional Affairs of the European External Action Service, Francisco Acosta, among others. Before the policy dialogue, Secretary General Insulza received Ambassador Leffler in his office in a private meeting.

A gallery of photos of the event will be available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-109/13