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  November 13, 2006

The government of Korea provided a $20,000 contribution to support the work of the Organization of American States (OAS) in monitoring the regional and municipal electoral process underway in Peru. The OAS Electoral Observation Mission, headed by Moisés Benamor, Principal Specialist with the Secretariat for Political Affairs, has been in the Andean nation since the beginning of this month to follow the electoral process that concludes on November 19.

During a brief ceremony at OAS headquarters, the Assistant Secretary for Political Affairs, Dante Caputo, accepted the donation on behalf of Secretary General José Miguel Insulza.

In thanking the Republic of Korea for its support, Caputo explained that “little by little, electoral observation has become our most important task, and we are proud because we are doing it very well.” He underscored the importance of continuing to receive such contributions, which allow the OAS to carry out this specialized type of mission.

For his part, Korea’s Alternate Observer to the OAS, Chong-on Won, pointed out the significant role played by the regional organization and said the presence of international observers in these elections will mean greater guarantees “that satisfy the demands of the Peruvian people.” The Korean diplomat reiterated his country’s commitment to help promote the strengthening of democracy in Latin America, stressing his confidence that this electoral process will be “as free, neutral and transparent” as the many others observed by the OAS this year.

During today’s ceremony, the Interim Representative of Peru to the OAS, Ambassador Carlos Zapata, and the Director of the OAS Department for the Promotion of Democracy, Elizabeth Spehar, also conveyed their gratitude for the donation.

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.

Reference: E-242/06