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OAS will send more than 50 international observers to Paraguay’s election

Saturday, November 24th 2012 - 04:25 UTC
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Sannemann and Insulza at the signing ceremony Sannemann and Insulza at the signing ceremony

The Organization of American States (OAS) and Paraguay signed an agreement this week to send observers to the April 2013 elections. OAS contrary to Unasur and Mercosur did not describe Paraguay political events of last June as “a rupture of the democratic process” or a congressional coup and has been supportive of the country.

The agreement signed by OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza and Paraguay’s representative Martín Sannemann refers to the Privileges and Immunities of Observers and conditions for the work of the Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) which will accompany the general and departmental elections in the country on April 21, 2013.

Secretary General Insulza expressed his satisfaction at the signing of the document and said that: “These elections take place at an important time for both Paraguayan democracy and democracy in the region. The elections will be watched carefully throughout the hemisphere” said the Secretary General, and therefore ”the Electoral Observation Mission begins its work earlier than usual“.

The mission will be led by former President of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Óscar Arias, who will begin his work in the coming days.

”I assign a great deal of importance to this Mission from the point of view of the possibilities of starting a dialogue, talks with all political forces, to speak very clearly not only about the present but about the future of democracy in Paraguay“ said Insulza.

The OAS/EOM will include specialists in organizing elections, legislation, media, political analysis and logistics, among other areas, said the Secretary General, and added the Mission planned the deployment of 17 departmental coordinators and more than 50 international observers in all the departments of Paraguay.

The Secretary General concluded by noting that ”we are confident that in the April election, and the subsequent installation of a new, democratically elected government, Paraguay will strengthen substantially its democracy.“

At the ceremony, Ambassador Sannemann said the signing of the Agreement represents the ”serious, responsible and coherent gesture by the Organization of American States to participate in the electoral process.“ He quoted the words of the President of his country, Federico Franco, who said ”the participation and construction of this process is fundamental.“

”We as a country are open to the observation of the entire electoral process by all institutions that are serious, and above all responsible,“ said Ambassador Sanneman, ”and among these responsible and serious institutions, the Organization of American States is foremost.”
 

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  • TipsyThink

    I'll bé waiting mány parts of comménts fróm RéalityCheck.

    Nov 24th, 2012 - 09:59 am 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Lets just hopewith this ammount of observers Franco surprises a lot of us and runs a fair election...

    Nov 24th, 2012 - 10:10 am 0
  • Think

    TWIMC

    Officially the Organization of American States, based in Watchington, DC declares to work for the “Strengthening of Peace and Security”, the “Consolidation of Democracy” and the “Promotion of Human Rights”…

    But, history tell us that the event that gave birth to the OAS, as it stands today, was the “International Conference of American States” held in Colombia between March / May 1948.
    A meeting which led to a pledge by members to fight communism in the western hemisphere.

    That’s maybe why…:
    The OAS did NOTHING against the Argentinean rightwing military coups in 1955, 1962, 1966 and 1976……
    The OAS did NOTHING against the Bolivian rightwing military coups in 1951, 1964, 1971 and 1980……
    The OAS did NOTHING against the Brazilian rightwing military coups in 1954 and 1964……
    The OAS did NOTHING against the Chilean rightwing military coup in 1973……
    The OAS did NOTHING against the Colombian rightwing military coup in 1953……
    *** The OAS suspended socialist Cuba in 1962……***
    ***The OAS did NOTHING against USA’s invasion in support of the Santo Domingo rightwing military coup in 1963 ……***
    The OAS did NOTHING against the Ecuadorian rightwing military coups in 1963 and 1972……
    ***The OAS did NOTHING against USA’s invasion of socialist Grenada in 1983 ……***
    The OAS did NOTHING against the Guatemalan rightwing military coups in 1963 and 1982……
    The OAS did NOTHING against the Honduran rightwing military coups in 1956, 1963, 1972, 1975 and 1978……
    The OAS did NOTHING against the Paraguayan rightwing military coups in 1954 and 1989……
    The OAS did NOTHING against the Peruvian rightwing military coups in 1948 and 1962……
    The OAS did NOTHING against the Salvadorian rightwing military coups in 1960 and 1979……
    The OAS did NOTHING against the Uruguayan rightwing military coup in 1973……
    The OAS did NOTHING against the Venezuelan rightwing military coup in 1948 and 2002...

    Time to send the OAS to pasture.
    A New Sheriff in Town, today.
    It’s name is Unasur.
    And it’s effective….

    Nov 24th, 2012 - 10:14 am 0
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