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Dialoguing for democracy.

In accordance with a resolution approved by the General Assembly of the OAS in Asuncion, Paraguay, in June 1990, the Secretary General, Joao Clemente Baena Soares, established The Unit for The Promotion of Democracy. The purpose of this innovative program is to provide a support system for democratic development to OAS member countries requesting assistance in strengthening their political institutions and procedures.

The Unit has been continuously evolving since the Asuncion resolution. Not only has it coordinated observation missions to member states, but it has also cooperated with governments and institutions in organizing seminars and training programs in the area of democratic development. Future programs are being planned to encourage dialogue on democratic principles and values throughout the Hemisphere.

Since 1989, the OAS has sent teams to observe elections in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Guatemala, Haiti and El Salvador. There are presently almost 200 representatives--observes and support staff from several member nations--in Suriname and Paraguay.

After observing the elections in Haiti last December, the Secretary General sent another team of international observers to El Salvador for the March 10 presidential elections. More than 160 people were involved in the process.
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Title Annotation:to strengthen political institutions and procedures of member countries of Organization of American States
Publication:Americas (English Edition)
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Date:Jan 1, 1991
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