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  May 29, 2007

In a letter sent today to Colombia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fernando Araújo, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, thanked that nation’s government for its ongoing support of the OAS Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia.

Insulza expressed to Foreign Minister Araújo his “satisfaction for the support that the Colombian government has expressed, through you, in light of the criticisms leveled against the Chief of Mission by members of your country’s House of Representatives.” Along those lines, Insulza told the head of the Colombian diplomatic corps that “Sergio Caramagna and all of the Mission’s team have my complete support and that of our Organization.”

The Secretary General added that the task of the Chief of Mission “has been difficult, delicate and full of risks, risks that open the possibility not only of being a target for criticism, but also of suffering the violence we are committed to eliminating. To be dedicated to this work, one must be completely devoted to the cause of peace for which we all strive, which is what I recognize in that team and thank them for,” the head of the OAS stated.

The Secretary General emphasized in his letter that this OAS Mission has been a fundamental part of the peace process and its work has been crucial in verifying the fulfillment of the accords and in taking note, in the reports submitted to the Colombian government and to the OAS Permanent Council, of the problems and difficulties that arise.

“A process of demobilizing illegal groups is never carried out free of problems. When we have verified delays or failures in fulfillment, we have not hesitated to bring them to light, fully aware that this is about a successful process, one that opens the road to a complete and lasting peace,” Insulza concluded.

Reference: E-142/07