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  • Ambassador Sir Ronald Sanders, Chair of the OAS Permanent Council, delivers the report of the OAS Special Mission to Haiti at a session of the Permanent Council at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., February 12, 2016. Ambassador Sanders headed the Special Mission which succeeded in helping facilitate an agreement for the peaceful transition of government in Haiti.

    USOAS Political Counselor Genevieve Libonati (February 12, 2016): "It is now imperative that all political actors honor this agreement, and that all stakeholders continue to move forward in a spirit of peace and constructive dialogue ..."

  • OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro (center) addresses a special session of the Permanent Council to assess the situation in Haiti and to receive a report from the OAS electoral observation mission to Haiti. The Council agreed to send a Special Mission, as requested by Haiti's government,  in accordance with Articles 17 and 18 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. (OAS Photo)

    Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick (January 27, 2016): “We are encouraging as broad a consensus … that would see completion of the electoral cycle and buttress Haiti’s democratic political institutional process ..."

  • Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (Official United Nations Human Rights Day 2015 Logo)

    Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick (December 10, 2015): "It is our obligation as free peoples to stand with courageous individuals who raise their voices to demand universal rights."

  • On November 19, 2015, Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick addressed the OAS Permanent Council following a presentation by the Venezuelan government’s Minister of Popular Power for Oil and Mining Eulogio del Pino. (OAS Photo)

    Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick (November 19, 2015): "The United States and the Caribbean do all of this, and more, together, as partners, with no hidden agenda. We do it because of our shared goals and objectives ..."

  • Former Brazilian Foreign Minister and Minister of Defense, Celso Amorin, headed the OAS electoral observation mission to the presidential elections in Haiti.    He is pictured here addressing the media at one of the voting centers, October 25, 2015. (OAS Photo)

    Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick (November 9, 2015): "The OAS' work in Haiti underscores yet again the important role of these missions in strengthening democratic processes in our region."

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    Building on 2015 as We Look Ahead

    December 29, 2015: Secretary of State John Kerry: "Despite turbulence and tragedy, the past year has provided fresh hope that the world community can come together and tackle even the hardest problems ..." 

  • Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken led the U.S. delegation to the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Western Hemisphere’s premier multilateral organization, meeting in Washington, D.C. on June 15-16, 2015. (State Dept. Photo)
    Deputy Secretary Blinken Addresses OAS General Assembly

    June 15, 2015: Dep. Sec. Blinken: "We look forward to working together … to realize the inaugural promise of the OAS so that it can reemerge as a strong, credible engine of political, economic, and social progress for all the people of the Americas." 

  • On November 24, 2015, Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick addressed the OAS Permanent Council following a presentation by the Venezuelan government’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Jorge Valero on the Social Charter of the Americas. (OAS Photo)
    Remarks on Social Charter Presentation

    November 24, 2015: Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick: "Our collective courtesy, respect for dialogue and sense of fair play is being taken advantage of. And for domestic political, if not electoral, gain. At home. And at the expense of this organization that belongs to all the member states. But we see it. We all see it. For what it is." 

  • On October 21, 2015, Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick addressed the OAS Permanent Council on the human rights situation in Venezuela following a presentation by the Venezuelan government’s Executive Secretary of the National Council for Human Rights Larry Devoe Marquez. (OAS Photo)
    Remarks on the Human Rights Situation in Venezuela

    October 21, 2015: Interim U.S. Permanent Rep. Michael J. Fitzpatrick: "With regards to the presentation we received this morning … [it] seeks to shift attention from that government’s own behavior, which restricts fundamental freedoms ..." 

  • The Inter-American Democratic Charter was adopted by the General Assembly at a special session held in Lima, Peru, on September 11, 2001. Pictured here is then Secretary of State Colin Powell alongside the region's foreign ministers immediately following the Democratic Charter's adoption. (OAS Photo)
    14th Anniversary of the Inter-American Democratic Charter

    September 17, 2015: Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick: "Democratic principles threatened anywhere are a challenge for democracies everywhere." 

  • Colombians living in Venezuela carry their household belongings across the Tachira River from Venezuela, foreground, to Colombia, near San Antonio del Tachira on August 25, 2015, while authorities across the border struggle to attend the exodus of returning deportees. (AP Photo/Eliecer Mantilla)
    Permanent Council Addresses Colombia-Venezuela Border Crisis

    August 31, 2015: Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick: "The United States stands in support of an OAS foreign ministers’ meeting to discuss the border dispute at the earliest possible moment ..." 

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

    April 11, 2015: President Obama addresses the First Plenary Session of the Seventh Summit of the Americas meeting at the ATLAPA Convention Center in Panama City, Panama.  Text »

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