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New Representative of Colombia to the OAS Presents Credentials

  March 30, 2012

The new Permanent Representative of Colombia to the OAS Andrés González Días, today presented his credentials to the OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza.

During the ceremony, the Colombian diplomat reaffirmed that the vision of the Americas and the values of Colombia coincide with the OAS values, which he said “is the highest political body in the hemisphere.”

Ambassador González pointed out that Cartagena de Indias will host on April 14 and 15 the 6th Summit of the Americas, a meeting at which “progress in regional integration” is expected. At the meeting of Heads of State and Government, participants will look to “discuss the most important issues of the continent”, in order to achieve “solutions, union and understanding,” he added.

Secretary General Insulza highlighted the priority that Colombia has always placed on the “Inter-American System and our Organization,” pointing out that the OAS governed by the concerted will of the Member Countries. "Beyond the differences and difficulties between us, there is always a desire to move forward constructively, especially in these defining times for our region," he said.

About the Cartagena Summit, the head of the hemispheric organization expressed his belief "that we will have a great success" and reiterated that the current period is a "moment of great challenge for our region," especially from the point of view "of development, of the threats to security, of the consolidation of democracy and of the strengthening of human rights."

Present at the ceremony, held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, were the OAS Assistant Secretary General, Ambassador Albert Ramdin, the President of the Permanent Council and the Permanent Representative of Haiti, Duly Brutus, the President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, and the Permanent Representatives of Argentina, Barbados, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, United States, Mexico, Panama, Dominican Republic and St. Lucia.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-111/12