American States Support

The Chilean diplomat Jose Miguel Insulza was re-elected unanimously for another term as head of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS). Insulza is aware that received support allowing you to some tranquillity in his next term, isn’t a carte blanche, but an endorsement to an organism that needs an urgent re-engineering. Criticism received in its previous management, should not fall on deaf broken by re-election, but that should be the starting point to achieve a continental body more effective and efficient in their duties. While it is true that some Member countries are not satisfied with the actions of the OAS, it is not so easy to find a solution in a multilateral agency whose characteristics mark the margin for manoeuvre of the same is extremely limited by strict respect to the sovereignty of its members. That is why the Secretary-General has very few resources for his performance. Insulza should be supported in this second period in countries such as: Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and of course United States which have greater weight in the region and see in negotiating with them that will surely be very hard, until where it will allow you to act, whether there will be a wider margin of participation to the OAS in the treatment of regional issues. It is necessary for Insulza to have such support. We should remember that more than once re-elected General Secretary said: the OAS is what its Member States want it to be.

One of the toughest criticisms to the previous management of Insulza has been his lack of aggressiveness to act. If get the support not just for votes, but to give more legitimacy to its work in complex situations that surely you must act. Although the great failure of the previous management of Insulza was the Honduras case, there were also important achievements which stand therein, as they have disabled the Nicaraguan political-institutional crisis in 2005. Also, the support given to Bolivia in its transformation process democratic, have prevented a political crisis in Guatemala in 2009 and having prevented the growth of a possible conflict between Ecuador and Colombia in 2008. Jose Maria Insulza should rethink the so-called Democratic Charter, as promised when it presented its programme for the second period.

Such reform would be aiming to achieve greater felxibiliad and faster procedures enabling it to act preventively. But in doing so, the unanimous support of 33 votes from the 35 member countries (Honduras and Cuba have no representation) received in the re-election, should materialize in alliances and support to the Secretary-General. Only thus the Organization of American States will fulfill its mission as a modern organization that should be at the height of the challenges that will be presented in the American continent.

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