Haiti Assumes Chair of OAS Permanent Council
Jan 4, 2012 - 3:17:39 PM
From left to right:
Bayney R. Karran, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Guyana to the OAS
Duly Brutus, Chair of the OAS Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of Haiti to the OAS
Date: January 04, 2012
Place: Washington, DC
Credit: Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS
Permanent Representative of Haiti to the Organization of American
States (OAS), Ambassador Duly Brutus, today assumed for the next
three months the Chair of the Permanent Council, taking over from
the Permanent Representative of Guyana, Ambassador Bayney Karran.
The Haitian diplomat said that “thanks to the consensus we
find in this House of the Americas we are able to avoid constant
tension in the region,” and reported that he will explore the
possibility of holding a “meeting of members of parliament” from the
region at OAS headquarters in the spirit of making inroads towards
increasing development in the countries.
highlighted the work of the Inter-American Commission on Human
Rights (IACHR) and the importance of the Inter-American Democratic
Charter. “I believe that we share the common interest of working
together so that a culture of democracy takes root in the
continent,” he said, adding that “now we have a region where people
are free to decide for themselves their own policies, and that is
thanks to democracy.”
“Today we can say that democracy has
triumphed, though it is a permanent struggle with no end,” he said.
“Nevertheless, we face other challenges at the regional level,
notably the challenge of development. We live in a global context
dominated by the globalization of the economy, with the countries of
the Caribbean not having the strength or population necessary to
engage enough in this struggle, and therefore we must reflect on the
best way to help our countries advance in their development,” he
The Permanent Representative of Canada, Allan
Culham, assumed the Vice Chair of the Permanent Council, which until
now was exercised by the Permanent Representative of Chile,
Ambassador Darío Paya.
Also present at the ceremony, held in
the Hall of Heroes at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, were the
Assistant Secretary General, Ambassador Albert Ramdin, and
representatives of several missions of the Member States.
The Statute of the Permanent Council establishes that the
Chair is to be held successively by each of the Permanent
Representatives, in alphabetical order as determined by each
country’s name in Spanish, and the Vice Chair in the same manner,
following reverse alphabetical order. Both positions have a term of
more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.
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