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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Remarks to Judicial Reform Roundtable, Diplomatic Academy
Santiago, Chile, August 17, 2000
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Thank you Minister Gomez. Distinguished ministers, colleagues, officers of the court, good afternoon. I am delighted to be here today to learn more about your exciting and bold efforts to reform Chile’s criminal justice system. I know this has been one of your government’s highest priorities, both in the administration of Eduardo Frei and now under the leadership of President Lagos.

Your determination to see this reform through reflects a keen understanding that effective rule of law is fundamental to the strength and stability of all democracies. As you know, my government, through the Departments of State and Justice and the Agency for International Development, has been pleased to help facilitate the reform process.

Throughout the process, we have been singularly impressed with your professionalism and your leadership in implementing reforms. Chile is fast becoming a model to all of the Americas in ensuring fair, transparent, and efficient administration of justice.

Finally, let me offer praise for Minister Alvear’s leadership in the past, as Minister of Justice, and into the future, as a board member of the new Justice Studies Center of the Americas. I think there is enormous potential for Chile, through the Justice Center, to demonstrate regional and global leadership, as it has on democratization, pension reform, and free trade, and share its experience of judicial reform with the region.

It is critical that we work together as a hemisphere to ensure that these reforms result in more effective and responsible application of criminal law. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this challenge and I want to thank you for joining me today.

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