Permanent Council of OAS send Jimmy Carter good wishes

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) relayed good wishes to former US President Jimmy Carter who announced he’s been diagnosed with cancer.

The Council was urged to do so by Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the OAS Sir Ronald Sanders who was making his inaugural speech to the hemispheric body.

The Antigua and Barbuda diplomat said he is privileged to be a member of the “Friends of the Democratic Charter“, under the Chairmanship of former US President Jimmy Carter.

We have all heard the disturbing news that this great champion of democracy, justice and equity has announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer. I use this opportunity to call on this Permanent Council to send a message to President Carter expressing our deep concern and extending our best wishes“.

The Council unanimously accepted Sanders’ proposal and a message was dispatched to President Carter.

Addressing the matters of democracy and development, two issues that preoccupy the OAS, Sanders said that as a Member of the “Friends of the Democratic Charter”, he had followed closely the efforts to uphold the values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in the member states of the OAS

“These values are important to Antigua and Barbuda since we have emerged from a history of colonialism, oppression and exploitation. We will work to preserve and uphold them in the interest of all peoples”.

On the development issues, Sir Ronald said “Economic development, social improvement particularly eliminating poverty and creating employment are also crucial to us, and we will strive equally diligently for the OAS to maintain and enhance its role in these matters“.

As one of the smallest member states of this Organisation, and notwithstanding that the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean has projected that for 2015 Antigua and Barbuda will have the highest growth rate of all Caribbean countries at 5.3%, my government welcomes the priority being given by the Secretary-General to mitigation of natural disasters, facilitation of foreign investment and wealth distribution, and inter-connectivity in transport and information technology”.

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