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Guyana: Rio Group Chair for 2006

On January 20, 2006, Guyana assumed chairmanship of the Rio Group for 2006, accepting the mantle from Argentina which chaired the Group in 2005. The occasion, marked by a ceremony at the Foreign Service Institute in Georgetown, signalled a first for a CARICOM member state in the chair of the 20-year-old grouping. Guyana represented CARICOM in the Rio Group from 1998 to 2008.

Affixing their respective signatures to formalise the handing over were Guyana Foreign Minister, Dr. S. R. Insanally and Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Argentina, Ambassador Roberto Garcia Moritan. Representing the Dominican Republic, which along with Guyana and Argentina make up the Troika of the grouping for 2006, was that country’s Secretary of State of External Relations, Mr Carlos Morales Troncoso.

Witnessing the signing were CARICOM Secretary General, Mr. Edwin Carrington, Guyana’s Ambassador to CARICOM and Director General in the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Elisabeth Harper, who chaired the proceedings, members of the Diplomatic Corps, along with senior and junior Foreign Ministry staffers.

Guyana held the Pro Tempore Secretariat of the Group from January 20, 2006 to March 3, 2007. It also hosted the nineteenth summit of Rio Group on March 2-3, 2007 at Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown. The Summit, inter alia, adopted the Declaration of Turkeyen.

The Rio Group has since its establishment become an important forum for dialogue and consultation among its member countries, and between them and third states and other groupings. Members of the Rio Group are Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Following are statements made during Guyana’s chairmanship of the Rio Group:



January
STATEMENT BY THE HON. MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF GUYANA AT THE HAND OVER OF THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE RIO GROUP, JANAURY 20, 2006, GEORGETOWN, GUYANA



February
Statement to the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations by Mr. George Talbot, Chargé d’ affaires a. i., Permanent Mission of the Republic of Guyana to the United Nations, on behalf of the Rio Group