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Guide: Leaders of the Americas at UNGA




COSTA RICA: President Laura Chinchilla – September 24

"The Nicaraguan and Costa Rican people wish and deserve to live in peace, but the Nicaraguan government insists on preventing it. In following such deliberate and reiterated misconduct, the government of Nicaragua undermines international law and the very purpose ofthe United Nations."

CUBA: Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez - September 26

"The establishment of nuclear weapons-free zones strengthens international and regional peace and security."

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs José Manuel Trullols - October 1

"If we aspire to a world where development is sustainable, we first have to accept shared responsibility; in all sectors of every society and that it is time for action, not words."

EL SALVADOR: President Mauricio Funes – September 25

"In my government, we're convinced that the formula for growth is investing in the poor and their transformation into the middle class, and to ensure their access to health and education."

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GUATEMALA: President Otto Pérez Molina – September 26

"Without abandoning the path of international cooperation against transnational crime, each country must experiment with new models to address the drug problem. In that respect, my government has decided to create a National Commission which will help us explore more effective means of dealing with the consumption, trafficking, and production of drugs."

HAITI: Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe – September 26

"Despite our extremely difficult legacy and countless setbacks, a new Haiti is making progress…on the path of democracy and development."

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HONDURAS: Vice President María Antonieta de Bográn – September 27

"An effective fight against global crime requires a more decisive and effective international and regional effort, in which countries of illicit drug production and consumption are both charged with shared responsibility during this wave of violence."

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JAMAICA: Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller – September 28

"As countries like Jamaica implement strategies to deal with indebtedness and also encourage growth and investment, it is critical that international financial institutions, multilaterals and other development partners recognise the importance of social protection mechanisms."

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NICARAGUA: Foreign Affairs Minister Samuel Santos López - September 30

"International democracy cannot exist without respect for international law. Nicaragua has proven and demonstrated with reliable facts its adherence to international law; respect to the principle of resolving our differences through dialogue, by means of negotiation, to appeal to international bodies like the International Court of Justice to settle territorial disputes among others."

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PANAMA: President Ricardo Martinelli – September 25

"My government finds itself in the pressing need to categorically reject the Republic of Nicaragua's attempt to delimit its maritime boundaries, because this violates the existing treaties with the Republic of Panama, which we have honored in good faith, as well as our legitimate maritime rights."

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar – September 25

"The economic vulnerability and ability of the member states of CARICOM to build resilience are exacerbated by a debilitating debt overhang which continues to bedevil the region's growth and development prospects."

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