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Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein´s Fourth of July Statement


July 3, 2004

This fourth of July, the United States of America celebrates the 228th anniversary of its independence.

On July 4th, 1776,, our nation’s founders, placing their trust in Divine Providence, boldly declared the United States an independent nation, re-affirming the truth that “all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Two centuries later, the vision shared by Jefferson, Madison and General Artigas, that the government should be in the hands of the people themselves, is still as alive and as current as this morning’s newscast.

The year 2004 finds both the United States and Uruguay involved in what is considered to be democracy’s most important act, the holding of free and competitive elections. Democracy has been the shining ideal ever since our countries emerged as independent nations. And now, both nations have yet another chance to demonstrate to the world that suffrage is something with which we have long been familiar and that democratic elections continue to be an extraordinary success, fundamental to the belief that the people have the right and the wisdom to choose their leaders.

Today under the leadership of President George W. Bush, America’s
commitment to self-determination, human dignity, and sovereignty
extends beyond our borders to embrace a free Iraq.

As well you know, our countries today maintain an excellent relationship, one that is demonstrated and affirmed through a permanent state of collaboration and constant exchanges on various levels. Examples of this relationship include the recent announcement of negotiations towards a bi-lateral investment treaty which will have extremely beneficial results for the Uruguayan economy. I have no doubts that we will continue to maintain this level of excellency in our bi-lateral relations well into the future.

As the U.S. Ambassador to this country, it is a great honor to be able to share this day with all of you, not only my compatriots that find themselves here today, but with all Uruguayans.

In the name of my wife and I, I would like to emphasize my most sincere desire for the progress and prosperity of a nation that has time after time demonstrated its friendship and good-will to the United States.

Martin J. Silverstein


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