Washington, DC, —The Organization of American States (OAS), yesterday, paid tribute to Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador Sir Ronald Sanders for his successful Presidency of the Permanent Council, the governing
body of the Organization.
In praising Sir Ronald’s stewardship of the Council, the current Chairman, Argentina’s Ambassador Juan Jose Acuri, in the presence of high representatives of all 34 member states said: “Ambassador Sanders successfully led the activities of the Council in the past three months. During that period, the Authority held 14 meetings to discuss various issues, including the financial situation of the Organization, the Strategic Vision, the Modernization of Management of the Secretariat and adoption of the Program Budget end of the Organization for the second year the biennium 2015-2016”.
Sir Ronald had made the financial circumstances of the OAS and its future a theme of his Presidency.
The OAS Council also recalled the pivotal role Ambassador Sanders played in helping to mediate a solution to a political and constitutional stalemate in Haiti in early February that threatened civil strife and instability.
The Chair of the Council declared that as the Head of a Special OAS mission to Haiti, Ambassador Sanders “contributed to key negotiations conducted between the various Haitian political actors to achieve a solution to the crisis”.
In presenting Sir Ronald with a plaque, commemorating his Presidency, the Argentine Ambassador declared: “Ambassador, your diplomatic skills and professionalism are recognized in this room and were clearly demonstrated during his tenure in the Presidency of the Council”.
The Antigua and Barbuda Ambassador called for the Permanent Council to re-orient itself to its essential role as a governing body of the Organization and to restore its importance in guiding and managing the affairs of the OAS.
Sir Ronald said “this is vital, if the Organization is to deliver on its obligations to the people of its member states”.
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