OAS 40th General Assembly in Peru will focuse on security. Hillary will attend it.
OAS flags and Ambassador Luzmila Zanabria, president of the organization committe of the OAS 40th General Assembly in Lima, Peru.
Lima.- The Organization of American States asked its General Assembly in Lima to improve “transparency” in the purchase of arms in the hemisphere and the “promotion of control” of it, according to the draft final declaration adopted on friday by the Permanent Council of the organism in Washington.
The final text is a much less strong version, however, that the initial proposal submitted by the host country, Peru, one of the strongest critics of the growing arms race in the hemisphere and its initiative to make this the main theme of the Assembly General of the OAS had generated quite a few misgivings in countries such as Brazil and Venezuela, among others.
According to the draft declaration in Lima, entitled “Peace, security and cooperation in the Americas, OAS members reaffirmed their” strong commitment to promoting transparency in arms acquisitions, extending an “invitation” to countries have not yet done so to “give prompt consideration to ratifying or acceding (…) American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms .”
It also highlighted the “importance of continuing to promote in the hemisphere an enabling environment for arms control, conventional arms control and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction” under the premise of the importance of “promoting conditions restricting use of resources for military purposes that could be devoted to development. “