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Assistant Secretary General Ramdin launches 2011 OAS General Assembly Preparation in El Salvador

  August 27, 2010

Speaking today at a press conference in San Salvador, the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, congratulated the government of El Salvador on its decision to host the OAS General Assembly in 2011 and thanked them for their ongoing commitment to the Organization. Ramdin called on the private sector, civil society and media of El Salvador “to fully accompany the process and become a part of the process for generating solutions to the major challenges of the hemisphere.”

The General Assembly, an annual meeting of foreign ministers, meets for 3 days in June each year and provides an important opportunity for Foreign Ministers to make decisions, establish mandates that will directly impact the lives of the people of the Hemisphere, and examine the political realities of the Americas.

Assistant Secretary General Ramdin was accompanied by El Salvador’s Foreign Minister, Hugo Martinez who noted that “the General Assembly is one of the most important events for the hemisphere.”

Both Minister Martinez and Assistant Secretary General Ramdin remarked that hosting the General Assembly provides an opportunity for El Salvador to further project itself on the regional and international stage. Assuming this challenge also is “a public expression of commitment to the organization, to the consolidation of democracy, and to finding solutions to the daily problems of citizens e.g. security, economic crisis and natural disasters,” said Ambassador Ramdin.

In referencing the full package of activities that accompany the OAS General Assembly, Ramdin shared that through youth entrepreneurship and private sector initiatives, the General Assembly process also offers openings for creating employment and opportunity.

Assistant Secretary General Ramdin also condemned the killings of 72 individuals near the US Mexico border and expressed solidarity with the government and people of El Salvador and other governments of the hemisphere which lost citizens during the tragedy.

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Reference: E-309/10