(No. 159 – June 10, 2011 – 1:20 p.m. ET) The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), today reported on her successful visit to San Salvador, where she led the Canadian delegation at the 41st General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) from June 5 to 7, 2011.
"I was pleased to represent Canada at this important hemispheric event, where I joined my colleagues from the Americas in calling for concerted and collaborative action to address the key challenges facing the region,” said Minister of State Ablonczy. "Successfully addressing security challenges in the hemisphere will result in direct benefits to all citizens in the Americas, including Canadians who have personal or professional links to the region."
The meeting, chaired by El Salvador’s Foreign Minister Hugo Martínez, focused on the security challenges in the hemisphere. Minister of State Ablonczy joined her colleagues from the Americas in unanimously adopting the San Salvador Declaration on Citizen Security in the Americas.
"The General Assembly was held in a spirit of cooperation, reflective of the constructive approach the OAS and its members have taken when facing hemispheric challenges," said Minister of State Ablonczy.
During her trip to El Salvador, the Minister of State also held numerous bilateral meetings with her counterparts from the region, as well as with OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, with civil society organizations, and hosted a breakfast with foreign ministers from the Caribbean region.
At the OAS General Assembly Plenary Session, Minister of State Ablonczy announced close to $5 million in contributions from Canada’s Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP) in support of OAS activities to strengthen security in the Americas, particularly in Central America and the Caribbean.
Minister of State Ablonczy also participated in the launch of an agreement to support a crime scene investigation training project in San Salvador that is funded by Canada through the ACCBP.
In addition, Minister of State Ablonczy toured La Chacra, an area in downtown San Salvador, where she learned about a successful community project that focuses on community-based crime prevention and response to natural disasters. These efforts have been carried out by one of Canada’s leading non-governmental organizations, the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation and its partner, RTI International.
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