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Rice Remarks at Lunch for OAS FMs' & Heads

Remarks at Lunch for OAS Foreign Ministers and Heads of Delegation

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Broward County Convention Center
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
June 6, 2005

(1:00 p.m. EDT)

The United States is greatly honored to be hosting the General Assembly of the OAS and we are deeply committed to the democratic principles of the founding of the OAS and of the OAS's evolution. I look forward to further discussion that we had last night at the Ministers' meeting. Before I do that, however, before we go to lunch and to discussion, I would like to make a special acknowledgment, and that is of Luigi Einaudi, the outgoing Assistant Secretary General of the OAS.

Many of you may not know this, but Ambassador Einaudi comes from very distinguished stock. His grandfather of the same name was the (inaudible) and became the first President of the Republic of Italy after the fall of Mussolini. The same commitment to liberty and democracy that defined the life of President Einaudi has defined the life and service of Ambassador Eiunadi.

Especially in these past several months, he has shepherded and cared for the organization as Acting Secretary General. Ladies and gentleman, please rise with me and raise your glasses to Luigi Einaudi. One of my nation's finest diplomats, and one of our hemisphere's most dedicated champions of freedom. 2005/T9-06

Released on June 6, 2005

ENDS


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