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  October 13, 2009

The new Permanent Representative of Paraguay before the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Hugo Bernardino Saguier Caballero, today presented his Credentials to the hemispheric body’s Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza.

Saguier said he was “pleased to present for a second time my Credentials” to the now head of the OAS, referring to the fact that during the 90s he also did so when Insulza was Minister of Foreign Relations of Chile and the Paraguayan diplomat served as Ambassador in that country.

“We come with the desire to collaborate with the OAS agenda and to build together what our people have always asked of us: the consolidation of democracy, peace, progress, and the health and wellbeing of everyone,” Saguier said during the ceremony, which took place in the Secretary General’s main office in Washington, D.C.

For his part, Insulza thanked the “graciousness” of the President of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, in naming Saguier as his Representative before the OAS. The Secretary General said the experience of the new Ambassador, who recently served as Secretary General of the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI) and as Director of the OAS Office in Ecuador, will be a valued contribution to the Organization.

“This Organization and Paraguay are united by a long and fruitful relationship. This Organization has always relied on the strong and very systematic collaboration of Paraguay. And we also hope, Mr. Ambassador, to rely on your political experience and knowledge of the situations we currently face,” Insulza said.

Despite the present difficulties, the Secretary General added, “the OAS had never been talked about as much in recent times. The Organization has acquired an important relevance in its ever-present fight for democracy, in its ever-present fight for human rights, and also for the stability and coexistence of the region’s countries. This has to be an OAS in which we all fit, if it ceases to be so it certainly loses its essence, and I am sure that we will meet this very fundamental task in the next few years,” he concluded.

The President of the Permanent Council of the OAS and Representative of Colombia, Ambassador Luis Alfonso Hoyos Aristizabal, also participated in the ceremony, which was attended by a group of diplomats, members of the Paraguayan Mission and Paraguayan officials of the OAS.

Reference: E-335/09