VII Summit of Heads of State and Government of Celac in Argentina | In deep
The VII Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) took place this Tuesday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Argentina presents report on the pro tempore presidency of Celac
The inauguration was in charge of the president of that nation, Alberto Fernández, who welcomed the delegations of the 33 member countries, after Argentina exercised the pro tempore Presidency of the organization.
During his speech, the Argentine president asserted that "the time has come to make the Caribbean and Latin America a single region that defends the same interests for the progress of our peoples," adding that to achieve this it is necessary to work together because "it is much easier to achieve those results together.”
"Now that we are in a complete Celac with the return of Brazil, the opportunity to unite the region is an imperative that is imposed on us and we have to achieve it," he emphasized.
Read more here: President of Argentina inaugurates the VII Celac Summit
For his part, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva stressed the importance of Latin American integration for a "peaceful world order" and the construction of "multipolarity."
"There is a clear contribution from the region to the construction of a peaceful world order, based on dialogue, the strengthening of multilateralism and the collective construction of multipolarity", assured President Lula.
In addition, he stressed that Celac has advanced and collaborated to demonstrate its potential. "I learned with great satisfaction how much was built during the recent presidencies of Mexico and Argentina, which coincided with one of the most difficult international periods," he commented.
Read more here: President Lula highlights the value of Latin American integration
The Head of State of Bolivia, Luis Arce, made his speech at the summit reiterating that Celac must be "the space and the tool for the construction of a new type of emancipatory, multidimensional and non-subordinate integration."
Arce also considers that this entity "should serve to begin to open a relationship with the countries that make up the BRICS, also under favorable conditions, to participate and influence this new world-economy that is being configured from the change in the axis of the world economy from the Atlantic to Asia Pacific. Latin America and the Caribbean must be an active part of the construction of a multipolar world".
Likewise, he expressed his concern about the resurgence of violent demonstrations "such as those that recently culminated in the burning of public and private institutions in the city of Santa Cruz" and that seek to generate destabilization.
The Bolivian president also expressed his solidarity with the victims of the repression of the security forces against the mobilizations that are taking place in Peru.
Read more here: Bolivia celebrates Celac's role as a gateway for the BRICS group
The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, sent a message to the summit in which he called on Latin America and the Caribbean to unite "in a single voice in rejection" of attempts at foreign interventionism.
"The time has come for Celac to begin to be built from within, with a very clear vision of what should be the future of our countries and the need to lay solid foundations for the construction of the union," he said.
In addition, he reaffirmed that Venezuela supports initiatives that contribute to regional consolidation. "The first step must be taken to walk towards a path that has to be irreversible for the region, the path of complete economic, commercial, financial and monetary integration," he declared.
He also proposed the creation of the Celac General Secretariat in order to consolidate “its own organizational architecture” and that contributes to a greater articulation of the organization.
Read more here: Venezuela calls to join forces against foreign interventionism
In turn, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel highlighted the relevance of unity and of projecting a strategic vision towards "economic, social and cultural integration, which allows us to move towards sustainable development."
The president also thanked the calls made to lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States (USA) on Cuba.
Likewise, he emphasized that it is "urgent to find fair solutions to the foreign debt problem and essential to demand the cessation of unilateral coercive measures and illegal blockades."
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Read more here: Cuba rejects the interventionist role of the OAS in Latin America
In the case of the Colombian president Gustavo Petro, during his speech he specified that in the face of various problems that are seen in the world, peace must be a call from the region.
In addition, he urged strengthening regional integration to face various situations that are experienced in the world such as the climate crisis.
"Saving the Amazon Jungle is the third pillar of an agenda for exiting the climate crisis, with resources we can do it, it is a geopolitical letter. In our hands is one of the possibilities of life for humanity, and in Latin American territory," he said. .
Read more here: Colombia proposes to CELAC to specify integration plans
The president of Honduras, Xiomara Castro, stressed that Celac is more necessary than ever because "only united can we shield ourselves from the ferocious attacks of neo-fascism, which seeks to impose the selfish interests of the great economic powers on our peoples."
During her speech at the summit, the president urged her counterparts to assume a leading role of multipolarity.
"It is fundamental that we assume a leading role of multipolarity, and that we denounce the asymmetrical politics of globalization," he said.
Read more here: President of Honduras: Celac is more necessary than ever
The Mexican head of state Andrés Manuel López Obrador also sent a message to the VII of Celac, in which he made reference to unity and integration, "the dream of our Liberator (Simón) Bolívar."
"We are preparing the conditions for the unity of all America (...) We can unite throughout the continent. This requires a lot of effort for economic and commercial integration, but above all that we help each other, that there are programs for the well-being of our peoples," he said.
The Mexican president highlighted respect as fundamental, "that this outdated, anachronistic policy of America for the Americans, the Monroe Doctrine, be put aside, and that there be no hegemonies, that the independence of all countries be respected."
Read more here: Mexico asks to respect the independence of countries
Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada read a message sent to the summit by President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo, who reiterated the importance of regional unity.
"The union, which must mark these other hours, times, for new memories of freedom, dignity, fraternity and absolute repudiation of foreign intervention, in any form; of aggressions, invasions, interference... to blockades and economic wars... to what they call sanctions that are nothing more than greater aggressions, all illegal," he said.
He emphasized that everything that "opposes the future, the luminous horizon of our peoples, where we do not allow more looting of our own natural and cultural resources, must be resisted and rejected."
"Nicaragua, a simple, industrious, creative, indefatigable, hard-working people, victor of all forms of death, joins everything that proposes unity to triumph over those who have always used the weapons of division, the desire for control, the abuse , authoritarianism," he said.
Read more here: Nicaragua reiterates the importance of regional unity
After finishing the VII Summit of Heads of State and Government, the authorities issued the Declaration of Buenos Aires.
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