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  June 28, 2005

Secretary General José Miguel Insulza today named the former Argentinean foreign minister Dante Caputo as the Organization of American States’, (OAS) special envoy to facilitate dialogue in Nicaragua. Caputo will also collaborate on efforts to strengthen that country’s democracy. He heads to Nicaragua Wednesday to continue discussions initiated by a high-level mission that Insulza led there two weeks ago.

In an oral report to the OAS Permanent Council last week, following that visit, Insulza announced he would appoint a special OAS mission to Nicaragua—under a high-level representative—to facilitate dialogue.

Caputo emerged from a private meeting with Insulza at OAS headquarters today, saying he would remain in Nicaragua for as long as it takes “to do the job the Secretary General asked me to do in assisting and facilitating dialogue between and among the parties involved.” He added, “The job of facilitating is top priority—to help the parties find common ground to resume their dialogue. This is not a mediation effort.”

Insulza, meanwhile, explained that the mission headed by Dante Caputo is intended to spur national dialogue between various segments of Nicaraguan society and the government, and report back to the Permanent Council on “the unfolding of events in Nicaragua.” The mission is being undertaken against the backdrop of the Inter-American Democratic Charter and in pursuance of a Declaration of Support for Nicaragua, adopted by the hemisphere’s foreign ministers at the recent OAS General Assembly session in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Dante Caputo holds a political science degree from Salvador University of Buenos Aires and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Paris. He served as political advisor to then president Raúl Alfonsín and later as foreign affairs minister of Argentina until 1989, when he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies. In 1988 he was elected as president of the 43rd United Nations General Assembly. He is also Director of the Program for Democratic Development in Latin America (PRODDAL).

Reference: E-128/05