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  September 26, 2007

*During the 62nd UN General Assembly, the OAS Secretary General also met with the heads of the Council of Europe and the UNPD.

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met in New York with Argentine Senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, within the framework of the 62nd United Nations (UN)General Assembly , where heads of State and leaders of international organizations from around the world are gathering. During the meeting, which was held at the hotel where the Argentine delegation headed by President Néstor Kirchner is staying, the senator and presidential candidate expressed her interest on the main issues facing Latin America.

After the meeting, Insulza noted that Senator Fernández showed extensive knowledge of the reality that the countries of the region live and explained that the conversation revolved around the achievements, debts and challenges that the hemisphere faces, economically as well as socially and politically. The OAS Secretary General will meet today with President Néstor Kirchner, during the presidential candidate’s conference at the Council of the Americas.

During the first day of the 62nd General Assembly, Insulza also held working meetings with the heads of the United Nations Development Programme (UNPD), Rebecca Grynspan; of the Council of Europe, Secretary General Terry Davis; and with the UN Under-Secretary General for Management, Alicia Barcena. With Grynspan, he revised the joint programs that the UNPD and OAS carry out related to democracy and governance in the hemisphere. In his meeting with Terry Davis, of the Council of Europe, a working agenda for the first trimester of 2008 was established, with the objective of exchanging information on future and ongoing joint projects of both organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

On the second day of sessions, Insulza will meet with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and will participate in the Clinton Global Initiative with several world leaders. He will also take part in the meetings convoked by the United States Department of State to study the institutional reconstruction plans that are taking place in Haiti, and the peace process being implemented in Colombia with the support of countries of the Americas and Europe.

Reference: E-239/07