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  September 26, 2006

The government of Korea provided a $20,000 contribution to support the work of the Organization of American States (OAS) in monitoring the presidential electoral process in Ecuador. The donation will boost the Electoral Observation Mission underway, headed by former Argentina Foreign Minister Rafael Bielsa.

During a brief ceremony at OAS headquarters, Korea’s Alternate Observer to the OAS, Chong-on Won, reiterated his country’s interest in promoting peace and democracy “in a crucial year in Latin America,” referring to the more than thirteen electoral processes that have taken place in the region to date. In that regard, the diplomat said Korea will continue to support the efforts of the regional organization.

Accepting the donation on behalf of OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political Affairs, Raúl Alconada Sempé, noted that Korea has contributed to several OAS programs, as well as to other electoral observations.

“This donation will contribute to the work that we are doing in support of democracy, of electoral processes, and will help the people of Ecuador express themselves in a transparent and free manner and that the outcome is accepted by Ecuadorian society as a whole,” Alconada said.

Underscoring the role the observer country has had, Alconada added that “attitudes such as the one demonstrated by the Korean government allow the OAS to carry out these types of tasks,” which help to strengthen democracies.

Korea was one of the first Asian countries to join the OAS as a Permanent Observer in 1981. In the past years, the country has donated some $1 million to support various OAS areas.

The people of Ecuador will elect a new President and legislative body in the October 15 elections. The OAS will accompany that electoral process until its conclusion.

Reference: E-200/06