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  May 29, 2007

The new Ambassador of Ecuador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Efrén Alfonso Cocíos Jaramillo, today reiterated his government’s confidence in the regional organization, calling the OAS “the engine of development for our peoples and for the strengthening and triumph of democracy in the hemisphere.” Ambassador Cocíos made his remarks as he presented his credentials to Secretary General José Miguel Insulza during a brief ceremony at OAS headquarters.

The Secretary General conveyed the confidence of the OAS that the political process underway in Ecuador—first with elections, followed by the Constituent Assembly and then with the new Constitution that will be drafted—“will bring development and stability to that country.” Insulza said he is certain President Rafael Correa will make all necessary efforts for that to be possible.

Insulza welcomed the new diplomat, who joins the Organization just days before the opening of the General Assembly in Panama, in which the region’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs will debate issues related to “Energy for Sustainable Development,” the central theme of the meeting. The Secretary General referred to the benefits of international cooperation in terms of energy capacity, noting that cooperation opens the door not only to greater solidarity “but also to technology that is being developed around the world, some of which has its origins and is being developed in our own region.”

In presenting the documents that accredit him as Ecuador’s Permanent Representative to the OAS, Ambassador Cocíos noted that the issues that will be addressed at the General Assembly, which begins June 3 in Panama, are the same that concern his country. He referred, among other points, to climate change and to the problem of technological dependency, “which is more serious than economic dependency.”

Ambassador Cocíos holds a doctorate in jurisprudence and is an Attorney of the Tribunals of the Republic of Ecuador, specializing in banking and academic law. In his political career he has served as Deputy Mayor of Quito, Representative in the National Congress and Councilor of the Metropolitan District of Quito.

Also attending the ceremony were delegates from member states and officials from the Mission of Ecuador to the OAS, based in Washington.

Reference: E-140/07