GFDD and FUNGLODE to Attend Forty-Third General Assembly of the OAS in Guatemala

May 31, 2013

A GFDD and FUNGLODE high-level delegation will attend the 43rd General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) to be held in Antigua, Guatemala, for the annual meeting of the foreign ministers of the area.

This will be the third time in addition to 1986, and 1999 that Guatemala has hosted the OAS Assemblies, making it the OAS member that has hosted the most number of such meetings.

OAS Secretary General Insulza
said that the June meeting “takes place at a transcendent moment in the work of our organization and in the follow up on the mandates it has received”.

Guatemalan Foreign Minister Fernando Carrera said he wants representatives to discuss alternatives to the narcotics fight when the Organization of American States (OAS) meets in the Central American nation from June 4-6.

Carrera said he wants specifically to discuss the study the OAS
issued concerning the implementation of different actions that can be taken to bolster the region’s counter-narcotics operations. “We want to look at alternative routes and what we can do differently so our response to the drug problem is as effective as possible,” he said.

Albert Ramdin, the assistant secretary general of the OAS, welcomes the debate he said would improve safety throughout the region.

Nearly 90% of the
cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.

FUNGLODE/GFDD are registered organizations to the OAS Civil Society and support several of its programs.

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