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  • 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)

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

  • To mark the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, President Obama asked all Americans to observe the occasion as an officially designated Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, with acts of selflessness and charity. The President, the First Lady, and members of White House staff gathered on the South Lawn to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time that the first airplane struck the World Trade Center. (White House Photo)

    President Obama (September 10, 2015): "As we reflect on the lives we lost and pay tribute to the families who still live with extraordinary pain, let us resolve to continue embodying the American spirit that no act of terror can ever extinguish."

  • 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)

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

  • The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Haiti, Lener Renauld, addresses a special meeting of the OAS Permanent Council to report on developments in the situation between the Dominican Repubulic and Haiti at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., July 8, 2015.  Also pictured here (on the left) is OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro. (OAS Photo)

    Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Fitzpatrick (July 8, 2015): "We encourage the DR and Haiti to consult and collaborate with each other and with civil society groups and international organizations to develop processes that uphold the rule of law … "

  • 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)

    Dep. Sec. Blinken (June 15, 2015): "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."

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