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OAS Working Group To Focus On A Resolution On Cuba

CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. May 28, 2009: The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States agreed Wednesday to create a working group to try to find a consensus text for an eventual resolution on Cuba.

It was the last session of the Permanent Council before the OAS General Assembly.

The working group will be open to all OAS Member States and will start debating Thursday. The Group will have to present the result of its deliberations at the 39th OAS General Assembly, to be held June 2-3 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

At the meeting held Wednesday at the OAS Headquarters in Washington, DC, the permanent representatives of Honduras, Nicaragua and the United States presented three different draft resolutions on the same topic. None of them obtained enough support and, therefore, the chairman of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of Canada, Graeme Clark, suggested creating the working group.

The Republic of Cuba, formally, is a member of the Organization of American States, but had its membership in the hemispheric institution suspended at the Eighth Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs held in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in 1962.