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  June 22, 2005

Presenting credentials as the new Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Roberto Álvarez Gil told Secretary General José Miguel Insulza today that his government remains firmly committed to strengthening the hemispheric organization.

During the brief ceremony with Mr. Insulza, the Ambassador spoke of the great pleasure his country takes in preparing to host the Organization’s next regular General Assembly session, scheduled for early June next year. Ambassador Álvarez Gil also stressed the significance his country attaches to the fact that it will occupy the three-month rotating chair of the OAS Permanent Council beginning next July 1. The Dominican diplomat pledged to do his best as chairman of the OAS’ second highest decision-making body.

In receiving the new Dominican Permanent Representative, Secretary General Insulza thanked the government of the Dominican Republic for its longstanding support to the hemispheric organization. He expressed confidence that Ambassador Alvarez Gil’s skills as head of his delegation and the Permanent Council will enhance the organization.

Ambassador Roberto Álvarez Gil holds a doctorate degree in law from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo and master’s degrees in international relations and comparative law from Johns Hopkins University. A businessman, Álvarez Gil is also a researcher and has written numerous publications on human rights and international relations. Among previous positions, he has been a professor, consultant to a number of international institutions and OAS employee.

Reference: E-124/05