Washington – Jamaica has assumed the chair of the Permanent Council of The Organisation of American States (OAS).
The country’s Permanent Representative, Audrey Marks, will be in the position for the next three months, during which the 50th General Assembly of the organization will be held.
“We are living in difficult times,” said Ambassador Marks in assuming the chairmanship on Thursday, referring to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which affects “small and large” and “rich and poor” countries equally.
“I look forward to working with all delegations over the next three months, especially as we prepare for the upcoming 50th regular session of the General Assembly in a spirit of dialogue, consultation and agreeing to disagree when situations so demand,” Marks added.
Permanent Representative of Honduras and outgoing chair of the Council, Luis Cordero, said that, during his term “we strengthened multilateralism every day, and we made sure that the four pillars of the OAS continue to be fulfilled in the best way possible.
“During these three months of our term, we managed to advance in the preparations for the 50th General Assembly,” he added. “I can assure you that we will have a very beneficial and successful Assembly.”
The OAS said that the Permanent Representative of The Bahamas, Sidney Collie, will serve as vice chair of the Permanent Council.