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Sep 1, 2014

Prime Minister on Leadership of O.A.S.

Dean Barrow

Belize’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States is aspiring to succeed Surinamese national Albert Ramdin as Assistant Secretary General to the O.A.S.  The seat becomes vacant, as does the top job of Secretary General next May. So the horse trading has been taking place for months with member states exchanging support for their respective candidates.  Now, as we understand it, there is support from Central America for the candidacy of Ambassador Nestor Mendez to move up to Assistant Secretary General. As it relates to the top spot of Secretary General, Belize has traded support with Uruguay. Guatemala is also vying, but the Prime Minister says, Uruguay is ahead of the game.

 

Reporter

“How important is it that Belize works against the candidacy of the Guatemalan ambassador who is trying to ascend to the post of secretary general? In so far as obviously if they take that over the whole confident-building, everything is at a standstill.”

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“No not necessarily. Their candidate won hopes would be able to act professionally as secretary general of the O.A.S.  He doesn’t become Guatemala’s Secretary General of the O.A.S.; he is a Guatemalan national if he wins that will become the secretary general of the O.A.S.  We have to be careful because remember, we have fielded a candidate for the deputy secretary generalship. For example look at SICA, we have asked for and received assurances of the support of Central America for Belize’s candidacy for deputy secretary general.”

 

Reporter

“Guatemala included?”

 

Dean Barrow

“Yes at the last SICA meeting. We were asked whether in turn we can support Guatemala’s candidacy for the number one spot. And I was obliged to say quite candidly that events had already overtaken that because we had made a deal with Uruguay to support their candidate and in turn they would support our candidate. My colleagues, the Central American heads, asked if I could give some thought to the possibility of changing our position and I indicated that I am a man of honor and I am a man of my word and so that would be extremely difficult. And there is where it was left off. So I don’t know that we will go out there and campaign against the Guatemalan candidacy, in fact I can tell you we won’t, but we are busily working to secure our own candidacy and to support the Uruguayan candidate since we have this arrangement.”

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