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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lays a wreath with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, right, at the site of one of the terrorist attacks, the Hyper Cacher kosher market in Paris, Friday Jan. 16, 2015. Secretary of State Kerry paid his respects to the victims of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris in a show of American solidarity with the French people. (AP Photo/Rick Wilking, Pool)

    U.S. Delegation to the OAS (Jan. 15, 2015): "The United States stands with the government and people of France as they confront again an outrageous act of terrorism and mourn the deaths of innocent victims at the hands of violent and cowardly extremists."

  • Interim Representative of the United States to the OAS, Michael J. Fitzpatrick, addresses a Special Meeting of the Permanent Council on the Situation in Haiti, January 14, 2015. (OAS Photo)

    Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Interim Rep. of the U.S. (Jan. 14, 2015): "The U.S. reaffirms its support for timely elections in Haiti and of the right of Haitians to go to the polls as soon as technically feasible to have a renewed voice in their government."

  • Secretary of State Kerry delivers remarks at the Benjamin Franklin room at the State Department, marking the 20th anniversary of the First Summit of the Americas in 1994, on December 10, 2014. (State Dept. Photo)

    Secretary of State Kerry (Dec. 10, 2014): "Our hemisphere was ahead of the curve in defining democracy as a right – a right to a government by the people and for the people. And we can really be proud of that ..."

  • President Bill Clinton is joined by the other democratically elected leaders from the region attending the First Summit of the Americas at the signing ceremony of the summit declaration in Miami, Florida, Sunday, Dec. 11, 1994. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Secretary of State Kerry (Dec. 7, 2014): "We must reassert the leadership and shared vision our hemisphere signaled in the first Summit of the Americas, which was later enshrined in the 2001 Inter-American Democratic Charter ... "

  • Ambassador Lomellin addresses the gathering at a farewell reception at the historic headquarters of the Organization of American States, following her formal farewell address to a special session of the Permanent Council. She is accompanied by Ambassador La Celia A. Prince,
Chair of the Permanent Council, and OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin, November 12, 2014. (OAS Photo)

    Amb. Lomellin (Nov. 12, 2014): "La Casa de las Americas will continue to remake itself, changing and evolving ... I hope the OAS will continue to be a shelter for our people and the home of democracy, human rights and empowerment for our communities ..."

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