Advancing the Framework Treaty on Democratic Security in Central America, Managua, Nicaragua

Aug 11, 2003

“Let me say, from experiences elsewhere in the world, that multilateral approaches can either be a roadmap to peace and prosperity, or a convenient excuse for inaction and paralysis. My advice is to take the initiative — to identify problems, to be bold in changing old security structures that offer no solution to the problems of today, and to act without waiting for others to do the same. There is no shame, only honor, in governments openly discussing the problems they face. Our democratic systems have separation of powers precisely to ensure open recognition of the tribulations as well as the triumphs of government.”

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