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  June 27, 2007

Peru received a donation from the Organization of American States (OAS) to help with recovery efforts taking place in that country after having suffered numerous human and material losses caused by a recent unusual cold snap.

During a brief ceremony today at OAS headquarters, the Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, presented the $15,000 contribution –from the Inter-American Emergency Fund (FONDEM)- to the Permanent Representative of Peru, Ambassador Ántero Flores-Aráoz to collaborate with that country’s efforts of assisting the sectors most affected by the low winter temperatures of the Southern region.

Speaking on behalf of the 34 member countries, Insulza expressed his solidarity noting that the “symbolic” contribution is “a testimony to the extend to which we share the pain of the Peruvian people and of its government for the loss of life. We are certain that Peru will recover from this catastrophe as it has recovered from others and we are very pleased to be able to make a minimum contribution to that effect.”

Ambassador Flores-Aráoz thanked the gesture saying that the support “may be symbolic in quantity but large in heartfelt assistance, because the OAS with limited resources provides contributions of solidarity to the countries that have suffered weather related problems or disasters.”

“As small as this collaboration may be, it will serve so that many people may once again have a coat or the food they are expecting.”

The Peruvian government declared a state of emergency in 13 of the country’s 24 departments after the devastating impact of the weather conditions. The Ministry of Health indicated that at least 49 people have died as a result of illnesses caused by the cold temperatures, and there were 17,000 registered cases of respiratory illnesses as well as the loss of hundreds of hectares of farmland in the Andean region.

Reference: E-157/07