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By Peter McKenna

This e-book strains the constructing courting among Canada and the oas (Organization of yank States) and the pau (Pan American Union) earlier than Canada's accession to complete club within the former association in 1989.

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While this PETER McKENNA 25 obligation to assist the injured country is clear, each state is free to decide for itself on the appropriate response. Once the Organ of Consultation has been enjoined to meet, however, a further obligation is placed upon the signatory states to arrive at a set of collective measures. After the Meeting of Foreign Ministers agrees upon collective measures, the parties are obliged to comply with their decision, which is made on the basis of a two-thirds vote. Although each country is bound by the decision to employ the specified measures, no state is required to use armed force without giving its consent.

41 While this controversy ended in—in effect—an agreement to disagree, both sides refrained from further acts of aggression. The OAS played a central role in putting out the brush fire and normalizing relations between the two countries. By placing the OAS machinery PETER MCKENNA 45 in high gear, by activating the committee mechanism, and by acting as a catalyst for negotiations, it laid the groundwork for a diplomatic solution. Indeed, by responding in a swift and effective manner, it was able to arrange a ceasefire and generally to have a calming effect on the disputants.

20 It called for a Meeting of Foreign Ministers, but did not set a specific date or location. It then authorized the chair of the council to appoint an investigative committee, entrusted with the task of determining—in a reliable and accurate fashion—the nature of the Haitian-Dominican Republic situation. 21 The committee officially began its inquiry on 22 January, and concluded its investigation on 15 February. In its 13 March final report to the provisional Organ of Consultation, the Dominican Republic was singled out in the report for encouraging an attempted overthrow of Haiti's constitutional government.

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