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  • On May 22nd, the Organization of American States held a Special Session of the Permanent Council bidding farewell to OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza (pictured here).  State Department Counselor Thomas A. Shannon delivered remarks on behalf of the delegation of the United States. (OAS Photo)

    State Department Counselor Shannon (May 22, 2015): "This is a hemisphere and a region and an organization that has been determined to take democracy and human rights and show that with democratic institutions you can build democratic societies ..."

  • Secretary of State John Kerry lays a wreath during a commemoration of the 70th  anniversary of V-E Day in Paris, France, on May 8, 2015. (State Dept. Photo)

    President Obama (May 8, 2015): "Let's stand united with our allies, in Europe and beyond, on behalf of our common values -- freedom, security, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law around the world."

  • President Obama addresses the First Plenary Session at the Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, April 11, 2015. (OAS Photo)

    On April 10-11, 2015 the Heads of State and Government of the Americas met at the Seventh Summit under the theme, “Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas".

  • On March 19, 2015, Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick addressed a special session of the Permanent Council and outlined the U.S. position on the situation in Venezuela at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C. (OAS File Photo)

    Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Interim U.S. Perm. Rep. (Mar. 19, 2015): "My government does not wish to see a Venezuela that is politically unstable or impoverished ... we want to see Venezuela thrive and return to the path of full and genuine demoracy ..."

  • Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken addresses the Organization of American States (OAS) Special General Assembly in Washington, D.C. for election of a new OAS Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General, March 18, 2015. (OAS Photo)

    Deputy Secretary of State Blinken (Mar. 18, 2015): "Today’s election marks a very meaningful step forward in this journey to strengthen the OAS and fully realize its promise for all of our hemisphere’s citizens."

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