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Monday, April 6, 2009
Venezuela to Host ALBA Summit on April 14
Havana, Apr 6.- Venezuela will host a summit meeting of the Bolivarian Alternative for Our Americas (ALBA) on April 14 and 15 this month, announced President Hugo Chavez.
In a telephone contact with Radio Nacional de Venezuela from Tokyo, Japan, where Chavez started an official visit on Sunday, the Venezuelan leader said the meeting is very important as it will take place prior to the 5th Summit of the Americas.
Chavez said that the occasion will be appropriate to discuss and adopt common positions that will be taken to Trinidad and Tobago, the venue for the Americas Summit, and he announced that he is going to introduce the issue of Cuba's isolation by the U.S blockade on the meeting's agenda.
Attending the event will be heads of state Daniel Ortega, from Nicaragua; Manuel Zelaya, Honduras; Evo Morales, Bolivia, Dominica's prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit; a Cuban government official and Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo, who will participate as special guest, reports Prensa Latina.
The Venezuelan president said: "if they want to continue with the same excluding rhetoric (about the blockade of Cuba), it will mean then that nothing has changed. Everything remains the same."
Chavez stressed: "Cuban is a point of honor for the people of Latin America. We cannot accept that the U.S continues to ride roughshod over the peoples of our Americas."
"Riding roughshod over Cuba is like riding roughshod over Venezuela and that will have to be stated in Trinidad and Tobago. Nobody will be able to shut us up," said Chavez. (ACN).