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| 9/22/2009 12:00:00 AM

Colombia Assumed the Chair of the Summir of the Americas from Trinidad and Tobago

Sept 22--The Republic of Colombia assumed Monday the Chair of the Summit of the Americas from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago at a meeting of the Summit Implementation Review Group (SIRG), the principal organ of the Process of the Summits of the Americas.

Colombia Assumed the Chair of the Summir of the Americas from Trinidad and Tobago Colombia Assumed the Chair of the Summir of the Americas from Trinidad and Tobago
The event, held at the Simón Bolívar Conference Room at the Headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC, was attended by the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, the Minister of Foreign Relations of Trinidad and Tobago, Paula Gopee-Scoon, the Minister of Foreign Relations of Colombia, Jaime Bermúdez Merizalde, and the Minister of Foreign Relations of Chile, Mariano Fernández.
The Fifth Summit of the Americas took place in April 2009 in Puerto España. The Fifth Summit will take place in Cartagena de Indias, at a date to be confirmed.
Secretary General Insulza congratulated the government of Trinidad and Tobago on the organization of the past Summit, which he said was “a great succes”. He also noted with “affection and high esteem” that Colombia is assuming the Chair of the next Summit.
“The Summit of Port of Spain has set the tone for future hemispheric relations and I am honored to attend the passing of the baton to the next Summit”, he said.
“We are convinced that Colombia will, almost like no other, reach the goals that this Summit requires. We know that the organization will be as good as the one we have seen in the recent period, and particularly the political guidance will be broad and bright enough to vitalize this new era of Inter-American relations under a sign of unity, co-operation and peace,” he added.
Minister Gopee-Scoon said it had been “an honor and a privilege” for her country to have hosted the “historic event” of the Summit. “The outcome of the Fifth Summit would not have been possible were it not for the invaluable spirit of partnership and cooperation of each member state and our other hemispheric partners – the Secretary General, the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States and the Summit of the Americas Secretariat, other institutions of the Joint Summit Working Group, and representatives of the peoples of our countries – civil society, the youth, labor and the private sector.”
 
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