By Vladimiro P.Villalta, Ambassador of the Republic of El Salvador.
Paz no es una utopía,
es la sublime realización del ser humano,
unidos la forjaremos!
I take this pleasant opportunity that the Diplomat Magazine offers me – which I appreciate – to express our gratitude to the Kingdom of the Netherlands for its continuous approach and cooperation with my country, El Salvador and with Central America.
I would like to extent more about this productive relationship between both our countries, however, the magic of The Hague, as the “City of Peace and Justice”, moves me to take Justice and Peace to present three Salvadorian characters whose traces prove how the human factor distinguished and dignified our people and how it is always determined and essential to achieve universal values which are still being sought and generate hope in humanity.
Dr. Jose Gustavo Guerrero was a Salvadorian diplomat and jurist. He served as the last President of the Permanent Court of International Justice from 1937 to 1945; he was also the first President of the International Court of Justice from 1946 to 1949 and remained on the Court as a regular judge until his death in 1958. Jose Gustavo Guerrero represents “the continuity” in the International Court of Justice.
Consuelo de Saint-Exupery was a Salvadorian writer and artist and wife of the French aristocrat and writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery. She was the muse of Saint-Exupery for “The Little Prince”; she was “the Rose”, the unique and special rose, whom the Prince loves. The Little Prince is the most read and translated book in the French language.
One of the beautiful message of this book is “One sees clearly only with the heart, what is essential is invisible to the eyes”.
San Romero de America, the Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero was shot to death while saying mass in El Salvador on March 24, 1980. He’s seen as a hero to many because of his solidarity with the poor and his opposition to human rights abuses. Archbishop Romero was a martyr for the faith and he is one of the ten 20th-century martyrs who are depicted in statues above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey in London.
*Cuscatlán was the pre-Columbian name of the Republic of El Salvador in Central America