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OAS Secretary General Participated in Tribute to Orlando Letelier in Washington DC

  September 28, 2014

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, participated today in a ceremony commemorating the 38th anniversary of the death of the former Chilean minister and ambassador Orlando Letelier, held in Sheridan Circle of Massachusetts Avenue in Washington DC, the same location as the attack that took the life of the Chilean politician on September 21, 1976.

The Institute for Political Studies, the “think tank” where Letelier worked, organized, as it does every year, an act to remember him and Ronni Moffitt, his Secretary, who also died in the explosion that destroyed the car in which the two were driving.

John Cavanagh, director of the Institute, recalled in his address the academic and political career of the Chilean diplomat, assassinated by the Pinochet dictatorship for his persistent work on the international stage to reveal to the work the tragedy caused by the military coup d’état in Chile and to denounce the state terrorism used by the military junta against the democratic opposition.

The current Ambassador of Chile to the United States, Juan Gabriel Valdés, who in those years was an advisor to Letelier and escaped death due to foruitous circumstances, was present at the ceremony. Ambassador Valdés recalled with emotion the delivery by Letelier of the denunciation of what was happening in his country, at the risk of his life. Also present were the Permanent Representative of Chile to the OAS, Juan Pablo Lira, and the Minister of Health of Chile, Helia Molina, who is in Washington on a working visit.

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Reference: E-402/14