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  June 3, 2009

San Pedro Sula, Honduras – Colombia will host the Sixth Summit of the Americas after its bid obtained unanimous support from the Ministers of Foreign Relations of the Americas at the meeting of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG) during the 39th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

All Ministers and other representatives of the hemisphere expressed their confidence in a successful Summit organized by the Colombian Government, and also congratulated the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for the success of the recent Fifth Summit of the Americas, held in April in Port-of-Spain.

The Colombian Foreign Minister, Jaime Bermúdez Merizalde, thanked his counterparts for the support and considered a “privilege” for his country to host the Summit. “Colombia sees this event as a chance to contribute in a significant, discreet and committed way to this continental dialogue required for all of us to find a reachable agenda that benefits each and every one of the countries seated around this very necessary table”, he said.

The Permanent Representative of Paraguay to the OAS, Ambassador Manuel María Cáceres, supported the Colombian option after having withdrawn his own country’s bid. “We are convinced that Colombia will do a magnificent job, because we all know that as a country it always looks for consensus and enjoys the best relations with all Member States of this Organization.”

The meeting, held at the Centro Social Hondureño Árabe in San Pedro Sula, heard the report “Achievements of the Summits of the Americas: From Mar del Plata to Port-of-Spain”, prepared by the institutions at the OAS-led Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG).

At the same meeting, the OAS Summits Secretariat submitted a proposal to follow up on the seven Summits of the Americas held in the last fifteen years. Regarding this issue, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza said the follow up task “forces us to act with dynamism and requires from us being profoundly innovative to generate new and more efficient way to face problems.”

The Government of Colombia has yet to announce a date and host city. The Sixth Summit of the Americas is expected to take place in 2011 or 2012.

Reference: GA-13-09