OAS, Andean Community to coordinate

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, and the interim Secretary General of the Andean Community (CAN), Adalid Contreras Baspineiro, have reaffirmed the importance for the two organizations to coordinate  efforts to fulfill their respective foundational objectives.

During a meeting held Monday in Lima, an OAS press release said, the two Secretaries General shared their opinions on the main issues of interest on the international agenda.

They also welcomed with optimism the potential of both organizations to adopt the strengthening of regional integration and, in particular, the role of CAN in consolidating democracy in the Andean countries.

The OAS and CAN signed a Cooperation Agreement on September 17, 1998, in which they established the bases for collaboration between the two organizations, and the benefits of the agreement were recognized by the Secretaries General during their meeting in the Peruvian capital.

The release said further that the interim Secretary General of CAN also highlighted “the evolution of the recent process of the Andean Community through the implementation of a comprehensive and multidimensional model for regional integration, with an important social component encouraging citizen participation.”

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