Ladies and gentlemen,
I am extremely honoured by your invitation to visit the Penitentiary Centre of Punta Rieles.
Mr. Minister, you and so many Uruguayans suffered in prison during the dictatorship and I am deeply moved to be here with you today.
It is not every day that a Government allows the United Nations -- let alone the Secretary-General -- to review its efforts to promote prison reform. I know this is national priority for your government, but it also an example for the world.