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