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Foreign Minister of Paraguay Elected President of the General Assembly at Its Forty-fourth Regular Session

  June 4, 2014

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay, Eladio Loizaga, was elected today as President of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) at its forty-fourth regular session; this was at the first plenary session, held at Conmebol headquarters in the Paraguayan capital.

The election was carried out by acclamation after remarks by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, José Antonio Meade, who nominated Paraguayan Minister Loizaga, citing his diplomatic experience, “leadership, and generosity.” The nomination was seconded by the delegation of Guyana, headed by Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett.

Until that moment, the provisional president was the Peruvian foreign minister, Eda Rivas. A drawing of lots to set the order of precedence, conducted as established in the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly, determined that Paraguay should preside from the start, but Paraguay chose to yield that place to the country next in line, Peru.

In taking office as President of the regional event, which runs through tomorrow, June 5, the Paraguayan foreign minister addressed the member state representatives, saying “it is an honor to receive you on this occasion, on which we hope to foster frank and respectful debate and create an environment for offering alternatives and solutions to the issue that brings us here, development with social inclusion.”

Minister Loizaga expressed his wish that this General Assembly session “will confirm the important role of this Organization, not only regionally but also globally,” and his wish “to conduct a sincere dialogue that makes a positive contribution to the region's development.”

Also at the first plenary session, the agenda of the two-day meeting was approved and the General Committee, to be chaired by the Permanent Representative of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Jacinth Lorna Henry-Martin, was installed.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

The B-Roll of the event is available here.

The full video of the event is available here.

The audio of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-231/14