HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 3.- Cuban President Raul Castro described the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) as “our most treasured work.”
This work ennobles the concept of a united and sovereign region, committed to a common destiny, and its success will depend on the wisdom of its members, which are the 33 independent nations located between Rio Grande and Patagonia, said the Cuban head of state on Friday while speaking in Caracas at the summit to establish the regional mechanism.
In the presence of heads of state and government and of other dignitaries met at Fuerte Tiuna, in the southeastern part of Caracas, Raul recalled that the region is a region free of nuclear weapons and, after describing it as a valuable achievement, he considered that the
Latin America and the Caribbean region should also be a region free of military bases in the future.
After recalling that the nations making up the CELAC constitute the most unequal region in the world, in terms of the distribution of wealth, he considered this inequality as a phenomenon that needs to be confronted.
He pointed out that the recent economic evolution of Latin America and the Caribbean shows that in spite of the de current deep global crisis, incomes due to exports have increased and that the burden of foreign debt, “although unfair and onerous, is smaller.”
Our extremely blockaded country doesn’t have spare resources. It rather lacks everything, but it’s willing to share what it has with those who need it most in the continent, he said.
We have undertaken the commitment to firmly oppose any attempt of destabilizing constitutional order in our countries, he pointed out.
The speaker referred to the demonstrations that have taken place in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and the northern part of Africa, where the peoples rebel against injustice, and considered them as an expression of the collapse of merciless neo-liberal
After condemning the international crime of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization against the Libyan people, he spoke about the danger the turning of such practice into a recipe of imperialist interests represents.
He thanked participants for the decision of designating Cuba as the venue of the CELAC summit in 2013 and that Cuba heads the mechanism, and said that the island will work in favor of the unity of what National Hero Jose Marti called Our America. (acn)