Ecuador and Argentina promote agenda to consolidate development and regional integration
16 de Enero de 2014 - 13h59
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility, Ricardo Patiño, concluded the visits to seven countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, discussing various issues of regional interest for the next meeting of States Parties to the Pact of San José in Uruguay, and the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC ) to be held in Cuba. The journey began with Dominican Republic and finished on Wednesday in Argentina with a meeting with Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, who agreed, among other subjects, to progress in strengthening the Inter-American System of Human Rights ( ISHR ) as well as the bilateral agenda.
The foreign ministers of Ecuador and Argentina agreed on the need to take concrete decisions on strengthening the Inter-American System on Human Rights. This Wednesday, January 16, they met in Buenos Aires as part of an official visit held by Minister Ricardo Patiño. This ends a cycle of visits to Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guatemala, Granada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Brazil and Argentina.
Both Ministers expressed their approaches on the change of the headquarters of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and strengthening the rapporteur systems.
In relation to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), both officials discussed the nomination for the General Secretariat of the organization, essential to strengthen the institution.
In addition, Minister Patiño provided his counterpart a draft proposal for the creation of a Southern Observatory on Transnational Corporations, as agreed at the First Ministerial Conference of States Affected by Transnational Interests. Also in this area , Ricardo Patiño requested the accompaniment of Argentina with the initiative to create a binding instrument on human rights and transnational corporations.
Finally, both Ministers discussed the visit of the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, to Ecuador, tentatively scheduled for late May.
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