In a recent ceremony, Dominican Republic’s President Leonel Fernández affirmed that former U.S. president Jimmy Carter was a great
promoter in restoring Latin America’s democracies in the 1980s. After noting that the 39th U.S. president won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, Fernández bestowed the Order of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella on Carter, the country’s highest honor.
He said Carter’s influence kept the region’s revolutions from becoming dictatorial regimes and democracy instead, in addition to his great contribution to the respect of the dignity, sovereignty and independence of Latin American nations. “The apostle of Cuba’s independence, José Martí, said that to honor is honorable, and indeed, in the Dominican Republic we feel deeply honored today in recognizing an outstanding figure in international scope for being the standard bearer of values and principles that lead to the respect of the dignity of human beings, it’s about President Jimmy Carter,” Fernandez said.