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  June 14, 2005

Secretary General José Miguel Insulza will lead a high-level mission from the Organization of American States’ (OAS) to Nicaragua on Wednesday, on an invitation from the government of President Enrique Bolaños. The visit is intended to help find a solution to the country’s political and social crisis.

The four-day mission comes on the heels of a declaration of support to Nicaragua, adopted by the OAS General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, last week. The Secretary General will be accompanied by Ambassadors Alberto Borea of Peru, currently the Permanent Council Chairman; Aristídes Royo, of Panama; and Paul Durand, of Canada. The OAS delegation will meet with officials of government, political parties and civil society and religious organizations, as well as representatives of the international community.

Expressing the Organization’s hope for a speedy resolution of the problems affecting Nicaragua’s democracy, Insulza said the OAS stands ready to do all it can to assist the Central American nation in strengthening its democratic institutions, as articulated in the General Assembly declaration under reference.

The hemisphere’s foreign ministers adopted the declaration pursuant to article 17 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, which states that “When the government of a member state considers that its democratic political institutional process or its legitimate exercise of power is at risk, it may request assistance from the Secretary General or the Permanent Council for the strengthening and preservation of its democratic system.”

Mr. Insulza and the contingent return to Washington on Saturday, and will report to the OAS Permanent Council next week.

Reference: E-122/05