II Conference of Ministers of Defense of the Americas
SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE REPUBLIC OF ARGENTINA
SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE DECLARATION
The Second Defense Ministerial of the Americas took place in San Carlos
de Bariloche, Argentina, October 7th - 9 th, 1996 at the invitation of Mr. Jorge
Dominguez, Minister of Defense of Argentina on behalf of his Government.
During this meeting, Delegations discussed the full range of security
concerns and interests of the participating states. Opening statements and these
discussions covered issues such as confidence building measures, cooperation in
peacekeeping, the impact of crime and drugs on security, the threat posed by the illegal
trade in arms and the impact of economic issues on security.
They noted that in view of the far reaching political, social and
economic challenges faced by their nations that defense organizations are essential
institutions of sovereign states.
In the course of their discussion they :
- - Recalled that the "Santiago Commitment to Democracy and the Renewal of the
Interamerican System", adopted by the Organization of the American States General
Assembly in Santiago de Chile, in 1991 and the Conference held in Williamsburg,VA, USA, in
July 1995, emphasized that representative democracy is a fundamental element for
- - Stressed the need to deepen inter-American cooperation for the maintenance of peace
and the strengthening of hemispheric security, preserving the sovereignty of each state as
recognized by international law, and in particular by the United Nations and OAS Charters.
- - Noting the "Santiago Declaration on Confidence and Security Building
Measures" adopted by the OAS in November 1995, considered that confidence building
measures are appropiate tools, for maintaining peace since they contribute to a better
relationship between countries fostering improved levels of transparency, cooperation and
information exchange on defense and hemispheric security issues'.
- - Called upon all the nations of the Hemisphere to promote through their active and
voluntary participation, the success of peacekeeping operations in conformity with the UN
- - Took note of the initiatives proposed in this Conference and of the conclusions of the
- - The delegations congratulated and thanked the Government and People
of the Republic of Argentina for their warm hospitality and for their
successful organization and management of the Second Defense Ministerial
of the Americas.