The OAS should be the principal multilateral forum for political dialogue in the hemisphere. The pillars that should guide the work of the OAS and its Secretariat, relating to democracy, human rights, security and development, need to be revitalized, and serve as the basis for building a positive agenda. This will be possible only if we return to the path of dialogue, agreements, and negotiations that respect differences. In short, it is a matter of building unity in diversity, in accordance with the mandate of the Organization’s founding Charter and with international law. This task is achievable; facilitating dialogue and agreement among its 34 States is a very similar role to the one I played when working for the 193 States that make up the United Nations General Assembly.
The OAS has, in its normative and foundational instruments, the potential to bring divergent positions together, reach agreements, and overcome conflicts. We can promote peace and unity in the hemisphere, not confrontation and division.