Inter-American Treaty on reciprocal assistance issue clarification

The Provisional Organ of the TIAR in Washington, DC, USA determined that the 30th Meeting of Consultation of Foreign Ministers to serve as the Organ of Consultation of the Inter-American Treaty on Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR/Rio Treaty), should be held in New York City, New York, USA on the afternoon of Monday, September 23, 2019. The expected availability of the Foreign Ministers of States Party to the TIAR in New York City at that time as a result of their expected participation in the proceedings of the 74th UN General Assembly was the reason advanced.

This reason was and remains clear in information shared by the Hon. Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

Thus, it is erroneous to give the impression, as conveyed in page 9 of the Newsday newspaper of 6 October, 2019 that the Hon. Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago was of the view that the meeting was one of or hosted by the United Nations. According to the article “Rowley said TT chose to abstain in the vote to determine Venezuela a security risk. He added a second vote was taken at the UN and TT abstained.”

The venue of the meeting was chosen for practical purposes and was not in any way a meeting of the United Nations. It is a standard practice that use is made to host unrelated meetings in the margins of other meetings for a host of reasons including the containment of cost, sheer convenience and the availability of potential participants.

The 30th Meeting of Consultation of Foreign Ministers to serve as the Organ of Consultation of the Inter-American Treaty on Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR/Rio Treaty), did take place in New York City, New York on the afternoon of Monday, September 23, 2019. 

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