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  May 26, 2004

The People’s Republic of China was formally accepted today as a permanent observer to the Organization of American States (OAS). This brings to 60 the number of permanent observers to the Western Hemisphere body.

By consensus, a regular session of the OAS Permanent Council—chaired by Ambassador Miguel Ruiz-Cabañas of Mexico—adopted a resolution granting the observer status, following a request by the PRC government. The Council approved the request following reports on the issue by the Permanent Council Chairman and by the Chairman of the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs, Ambassador Juan Manuel Castulovich of Panama.

“The Chinese side will take real action to actively promote its cooperation with the OAS so as to realize common development,” Ambassador Yang Jiechi told the Permanent Council, in his first address as Permanent Observer. Pointing to broad areas of interest China shares with OAS member states in maintaining peace and promoting development, he asserted, “Our cooperation promises broad prospects.”

Ambassador Yang said China’s permanent observer status with the OAS will provide a new platform for exchanges and cooperation between China and the states of the Americas. “This will be helpful in our joint efforts to further develop cooperation in all fields, and to make important contribution to peace, stability and prosperity in the Americas and the world at large,” he declared, praising the OAS’ active and important role in maintaining regional stability and security, advancing peace and development and promoting regional integration.

In the resolution, the Permanent Council of the member state ambassadors invited the PRC to accredit a permanent observer to the OAS organs, agencies and entities.

Reference: e-087/04