Grenada has assumed the presidency of the Organisation of American States (OAS) Permanent Council highlighting the need to maintain the integrity and stability of the region.
Grenada’s Permanent Representative to the OAS, Ambassador Gillian Bristol, succeeds Carmen Lomellin of the United States. She will hold the position for the next three months.
At a brief ceremony on Friday, the Grenadian diplomat made reference to the relation between development and security asserting that “it is a happy coincidence that El Salvador has chosen the topic of citizens security for this year’s General Assembly because as we all know, in the Small Island States of the Caribbean we are very concerned about the multifaceted nature of the threats that are posed to the security for the integrity and stability of our nations”.
“We must remember that it was the small Caribbean States that championed and brought this perspective to the OAS in the late 1990s and eventually it was embraced by the 34 Member States as being indeed the more realistic and accurate definition of security,” she added. (CMC)
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