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OAS deploys electoral observation mission in Guyana

May 6, 2015
OAS deploys electoral observation mission in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) to the general and regional elections in Guyana on May 11 began its final deployment in Georgetown on Tuesday. The delegation, headed by the former foreign minister of Belize...

OAS and Suriname sign agreement to observe May 25 elections

May 5, 2015
OAS and Suriname sign agreement to observe May 25 elections WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) will send an electoral observation mission to the general elections in Suriname that will take place on May 25, according to an agreement signed on Monday between the hemispheric institution and the government of the South American country.

OAS called upon to increase affirmative action policies

April 24, 2015
OAS called upon to increase affirmative action policies WASHINGTON, USA -- “Colourism is a form of racism,” asserted Joy-Dee Davis Lake, interim representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the Organization of American States (OAS), speaking on Wednesday at a special session of the OAS Permanent Council of Ambassadors to commemorate...

OAS electoral observation mission makes preliminary visit to Guyana

April 16, 2015
OAS electoral observation mission makes preliminary visit to Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS), headed by the former foreign minister of Belize Lisa Shoman, arrived on Wednesday in Guyana to learn about the preparations for the May 11 general and regional elections.

Leaders of the Guyanas to take part in historic Summit of the Americas

April 9, 2015
Leaders of the Guyanas to take part in historic Summit of the Americas PANAMA city, Panama -- The seventh Summit of the Americas to be held in Panama City from April 10-11, is shaping up to be a historic event, and which will be attended by the leaders of Guyana, President Donald Ramotar, and Suriname, President Desi Bouterse, to witness the much anticipated...

OAS and Guyana sign agreement for mission to observe May 11 elections

April 9, 2015
OAS and Guyana sign agreement for mission to observe May 11 elections PANAMA CITY, Panama -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the permanent representative of Guyana to the Organization, Bayney Karran, on Wednesday signed the agreement by which the institution will send an electoral...

Cuba to attend business forum at OAS summit in Panama, says minister

April 7, 2015
Cuba to attend business forum at OAS summit in Panama, says minister HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban Foreign Trade Minister Rodrigo Malmierca said that the island will show at the Summit of the Americas Business Forum in Panama its opportunities to develop international economic relations based on the new Foreign Investment Law and the setting up of the...

Secretary general pledges continued OAS support on conclusion of visit to Haiti

March 24, 2015
Secretary general pledges continued OAS support on conclusion of visit to Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, on Monday concluded a visit to Haiti, during which he met with the country’s President Michel Martelly, and Prime Minister Evans Paul, to discuss the challenge facing the government.

Former Uruguay foreign minister elected new OAS secretary general

March 19, 2015
Former Uruguay foreign minister elected new OAS secretary general WASHINGTON, USA -- The former minister of foreign affairs of Uruguay Luis Almagro was on Wednesday elected by the member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) as secretary general for the next five years, during a special general assembly held at the headquarters of the Organization.

OAS member states highlight importance of alternatives to incarceration for drug related offenders

March 16, 2015
OAS member states highlight importance of alternatives to incarceration for drug related offenders VIENNA, Austria -- The executive secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS), Paul Simons, last week moderated a debate held in Vienna, Austria, in the framework of the meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

OAS denies bias in Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute

March 7, 2015
OAS denies bias in Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) has strongly rejected recent statements made by the Belizean NGO, Belize Territorial Volunteers, regarding the impartiality of the OAS with respect to the work it promotes within the context of the Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute.

Haiti withdraws as host of the OAS general assembly

February 28, 2015
Haiti withdraws as host of the OAS general assembly WASHINGTON, USA -- Haiti’s foreign minister, Duly Brutus, in a letter sent to the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, has withdrawn its offer to host the 45th General Assembly of the OAS due to “financial and logistical constraints”.

OAS secretary general expresses alarm over detention of Caracas mayor

February 21, 2015
OAS secretary general expresses alarm over detention of Caracas mayor WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, said on Friday that “the detention of the mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, has caused alarm due to the way in which it took place and because it deals with an elected leader...

OAS electoral department meets with provisional electoral council in Haiti

February 10, 2015
OAS electoral department meets with provisional electoral council in Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The director of the Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO) of the Organization of American States (OAS), Gerardo de Icaza, met on Monday with members of the Provisional Electoral Council of Haiti on behalf of the secretary general.

OAS to send election observation mission to St Kitts-Nevis

February 7, 2015
OAS to send election observation mission to St Kitts-Nevis WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) will send an election observation mission (EOM) for the general elections in St Kitts and Nevis to be held on February 16, according to the agreement signed on Friday between the Pan-American institution and the government.

OAS co-hosts launch of Jamaican national cyber security strategy

January 30, 2015
OAS co-hosts launch of Jamaican national cyber security strategy KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday co-hosted with the government of Jamaica, the launch of the country’s national cyber security strategy in Kingston, Jamaica. The OAS cyber security program has been working with the ministry of science...

Commentary: Between independence or disappearance: The Organization of American States

January 28, 2015
Commentary: Between independence or disappearance: The Organization of American States On December 12, 2014, the permanent council of the Organization of American States (OAS) decided that a new Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General are to be elected on March 18, 2015. This will be the first time that these elections will be held simultaneously, and will mean...

The OAS to launch program for prevention of irregular migration in Mesoamerica

January 27, 2015
The OAS to launch program for prevention of irregular migration in Mesoamerica ANTIGUA, Guatemala -- The Organization of American States (OAS) will hold on January 28 and 29 in Antigua, Guatemala, the first technical meeting of the program for the prevention of irregular migration in Mesoamerica, which will bring together representatives of the areas of foreign affairs.

Normalisation of US-Cuba relations welcomed throughout the region

December 18, 2014
Normalisation of US-Cuba relations welcomed throughout the region PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- International, hemispheric and regional organisations as well as a number of Caribbean government leaders have welcomed the resumption of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba severed since 1961. US President Barack Obama made...

OAS deploys team of experts to support cyber security efforts in Jamaica

December 18, 2014
OAS deploys team of experts to support cyber security efforts in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Organization of American States (OAS) has deployed a team of experts to Kingston, Jamaica, at the request of the country´s government, to provide cyber security incident management support and to help establish the country’s National Computer Emergency...

OAS supports Suriname in development of national cyber security plan

December 17, 2014
OAS supports Suriname in development of national cyber security plan PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday concluded a two-day mission in Suriname for preparatory meetings geared towards information gathering to assist in the development of a National Cyber Security Plan. This mission consisted of an initial...

Bahamas minister to address OAS on new immigration policy

December 16, 2014
Bahamas minister to address OAS on new immigration policy NASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell will address the Organization of American States (OAS) on The Bahamas government’s new immigration policy in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. He met with the secretary general of the OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza, on Monday.

Commentary: The Organization of American States (OAS): An urgent call for reform

December 13, 2014
Commentary: The Organization of American States (OAS): An urgent call for reform Once again, the Organization of American States (OAS) -- the oldest multilateral regional organization in the world -- is open to scrutiny in Washington. As its objectives of democracy and human rights protection, economic and social development, and regional security cooperation beam the breast bare...

Panama officially invites Cuba to Summit of the Americas

December 9, 2014
Panama officially invites Cuba to Summit of the Americas PANAMA CITY, Panama (ACN) -- The Panamanian government last week officially invited Cuban President Raul Castro to the Summit of the Americas, which will be hosted by that Central American nation on April 10-11, 2005, the Panamanian foreign ministry announced. Cuba is one of the countries that...

OAS to observe Dominica elections

December 3, 2014
OAS to observe Dominica elections WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the permanent representative of Dominica to the hemispheric Organization, Ambassador Hubert Charles, on Tuesday signed an agreement stipulating the conditions for the work of...

Bahamas minister corrects OAS chief on immigration policy

November 24, 2014
Bahamas minister corrects OAS chief on immigration policy NASSAU, Bahamas -- Foreign affairs and immigration minister Fred Mitchell said on Friday that secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS) Jose Miguel Inzulza was “ill informed” when he referred to the Department of Immigration’s efforts to limit illegal migration in The Bahamas as “round ups”.

OAS launches reintegration program for young offenders in Jamaica

November 21, 2014
OAS launches reintegration program for young offenders in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, highlighted the importance of providing young offenders a path to reintegrate into their communities, in his address at the launch of the project: “A New Path: Promoting a Healthy Environment...

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