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General Debate of the 64th Session (2009)

Guatemala
H.E. Mr. Álvaro Colom Caballeros, President

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24 September 2009

Statement
Statement Summary

ÁLVARO COLOM CABALLEROS, President of Guatemala, said there were five central topics that were important to his country, which also had important international dimensions.  The first was the international economic and financial crisis, which had strongly impacted the national economy, though the rapid reaction of the United Nations and the international community in general deserved praise.  With regard to his own Government’s response, he said it had pursued a plan to provide services to the country’s poorest regions, especially among indigenous communities.

Insecurity caused by organized crime was another central issue, he said, noting that cross-border drug trafficking involved such a volume of financial gain that international cooperation to combat it was essential.  The Government had made significant strides in seizing drug shipments.  In terms of international efforts, he highlighted the crucial role played by the United Nations, through the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala.

Turning to Honduras, he said his Government supported a return to democracy and the return of the rightful President.  At home, the Government was committed to protecting free expression and access to information.  As for arms, each country had a right to arm itself, but not to engage in illicit arms trading.  He urged States to continue to work in solidarity with the poor and concluded by saying: “If we support those who have little, in the end we will all have more.”

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Source: GA/10862