OAS Meeting on Rights of Indigenous Peoples Urges General Assembly to Adopt Resolution on the Issue
OAS press release, 21 April 2012

WASHINGTON DC, USA: The XIV meeting of negotiations in the quest for points of consensus on a draft American declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples closed at the Organization of American States (OAS) with an urge for Member States to agree on a further path to follow at the upcoming OAS General Assembly, to be held in June 2012, in Cochabamba, Bolivia. “At the Assembly in June the Member States should adopt a resolution that will show us the path to follow, in addition to determining the continuity of the work that remains before we can adopt an American Declaration on the rights of our indigenous peoples,” said Secretary of External Relations Alfonso Quiñonez. The OAS official noted that the meeting had dealt with some of the most complex issues in the draft declaration and complimented the group on its technical expertise, as well as the “solid basis of the positions expressed, and the possibility of using as a reference the Declaration of the United Nations, that may be very useful in reaching agreements.” Read the release …