OAS bids farewell to St. Kitts and Nevis’ Permanent Representative

His Excellency Dr. Izben C. Williams (c), Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Saint Kitts and Nevis is greeted by His Excellency José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States

ST. KITTS, DECEMBER 16TH 2010 (CUOPM) – The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) Thursday bid farewell to the Permanent Representative of St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Ambassador Izben C. Williams, who ended his appointment to the hemispheric organization after an uninterrupted tenure of nearly ten years.

During the regular session of the Permanent Council, the Secretary General of the OAS, His Excellency Jose Miguel Insulza, stated that the diplomat will be remembered for having “always advocated for the security of the nations in the Caribbean,” and highlighted how “because of his intellect” he “had influence in controversial issues before this Council.”

The President of the Permanent Council and representative of El Salvador, His Excellency Ambassador Joaquin Maza, emphasized that Ambassador Williams has always been “a great defender of democracy and peace in our hemisphere.”

His Excellency Dr. Izben C. Williams, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of St. Kitts and Nevis Joaquin Maza Martinelli, Chair of the OAS Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the OAS José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States

The Caribbean diplomat thanked the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis for the “privilege” of representing his country in the Organization and he praised the “equitable manner” and the “mutual respect” that to his judgment presided over debates at the Permanent Council during his period. This, he added, “denotes the maturity of this inter-American body.”

Ambassador Williams expressed his satisfaction upon leaving behind him “an OAS that today has the capacity and clear commitment of political leadership that upholds its importance in this globalized world, always preserving its basic principles.”

The representatives of Jamaica, Uruguay, the United States, Chile, Canada, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Venezuela, Dominica, Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay, and the Permanent Observer of France, highlighted the diplomat’s ability to find consensus “in the most complicated moments, always with his trademark discretion.”

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