OAS Standard Assembly re-elects Luis Almagro as Secretary Basic
The 54th Particular Typical Assembly of the Corporation of American States (OAS) on Friday re-elected Luis Almagro as Secretary-Basic and Nestor Mendez as Assistant Secretary-Common of the Group.
Secretary-Typical Almagro, from Uruguay, was re-elected with 23 of the 33 votes forged by member states. Candidate María Fernanda Espinosa, from Ecuador, acquired 10 votes and a person nation was absent.
Adhering to his re-election, Secretary-Basic Almagro expressed his many thanks to all those that supported his candidacy and vowed “I will continue to dedicate all endeavours to make certain a lot more rights for a lot more individuals in all the 34 member states.”
Assistant Secretary-Basic Nestor Mendez, from Belize, was re-elected by acclamation. He explained, I pledge my dedication to guaranteeing that this Business is optimally positioned to assist just about every of its member states in addressing the worldwide pandemic and other crises plaguing our globe at this time.”
The two Secretary-Typical Almagro and Assistant Secretary-Standard Mendez will fulfill their second mandate for 5 several years commencing Might 26, 2020. Neither of them will be suitable for re-election when they complete their next phrase. The Assembly was held at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated the Uruguayan diplomat and in a short statement reported that with Secretary-Common Almagro continuing at the helm, I am assured about the foreseeable future of the OAS and the Americas.
Under Almagro’s principled management, which the member-states have now renewed, the United States will continue to operate with our associates at the OAS to endorse and protect democracy, human rights, protection, and financial prosperity for the persons of the Americas.
Today’s vote by OAS Member States displays that even in the most complicated of moments, this sort of as what we are experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic, our Hemisphere of Freedom remains steadfast in safeguarding our shared values.
Secretary Pompeo also outlined what can be deemed an unofficial agenda of US interests for the next interval of Almagro.
As we defeat the risk to general public health and fitness posed by COVID-19, the peoples of the Americas and the Caribbean facial area other problems, this kind of as the complete restoration of democracy in Nicaragua and Venezuela adherence to totally free, reasonable and credible electoral procedures in Guyana and keeping the Cuban routine accountable for its malign activities.
Opportunities abound as very well, which includes the forthcoming democratic elections in Bolivia and utilizing an array of OAS systems and initiatives to raise resilience fortify democratic governance, human legal rights, and basic freedoms and bolster financial competitiveness and enhancement in the region.