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OAS and Chile Sign Host Agreement for Meeting of Experts on Public Security in the Americas

  October 18, 2010

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Chile today signed an agreement by which Santiago, the capital of Chile, will host the meeting of experts in preparation for the Third Meeting of Ministers of Public Security of the Americas (MISPA III), to be held November 18 and 19, 2010. MISPA III will be held in Trinidad and Tobago in 2011 and its objective is to strengthen cooperation among governments of the hemisphere in the fight against delinquency, violence and insecurity.

During the signing of the agreement, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza highlighted the need to coordinate the efforts of regional governments, since the reality is that “criminal enterprises do not recognize borders.” Public security, he affirmed, is “one of the most serious problems in the continent, the main problem in many countries of the hemisphere and one with de-democratizing effects, because it poses a challenge to the development of democracy.”

The head of the OAS thanked the government of Chile “for providing this space for dialogue and cooperation and also for brining your renowned management capacity in matters of public security.”

For his part, the Permanent Representative of Chile to the OAS, Ambassador Dario Paya, said that “Chile celebrates the opportunity to be host” to this event, since the subject of public security in Chile and the hemisphere “unfortunately is becoming more relevant every day.”

“There is more money in homes, more material goods, more opportunities,” the Chilean ambassador said, “but alongside this there has been deterioration in the living conditions and insecurity in neighborhoods, in the examples that children are exposed to and the risks that exist not only in the streets but now also inside schools.”

Also present at the signing ceremony were the OAS Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin, and the Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the OAS, Joaquín Maza. The event was held in the office of the Secretary General at Organization headquarters in Washington, DC.

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Reference: E-385/10