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OAS Secretary General Receives Award from the Council on Hemispheric Affairs

  July 11, 2014

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today received the Kalman H. Silvert Award, presented by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), during a dialogue held with academics and students, on the future of the Inter-American system, at the headquarters of the think tank in Washington DC.

The Director of COHA, Larry Birns, presented Secretary General with the Award for “his constant commitment to the affairs of Latin America.” Upon presenting the prize, the Director highlighted in particular the conviction of Secretary General Insulza that “every OAS member country is equal in its legitimacy, merit, and standing.”

Upon accepting the Award, granted to prestigious academics and politicians of the Hemisphere, Secretary General Insulza said “every country wants to be treated with the respect it is due. Of course, this is more difficult when we have ideological or political differences. But if we want to have an inclusive Organization, we must accept diversity.”

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Reference: E-296/14