CELAC Summit Ends With Renewed Promises of Regional Integration

Latin American and Caribbean States agree on the commitment to advance with the integration in diversity process and reject “blockade” in Cuba

The VII Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) is closed with the Declaration of Buenos Aires, affirming a commitment to advance in integration in diversity and rejecting the “blockade” in Cuba.

The summit, surrounded by controversy over the invitation to Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, reached consensus in the document of one hundred points and eleven special declarations that seeks to “deepen the consensus on issues of common interest”.

Celac demands the UN to put an end to the “economic, commercial and financial blockade” to Cuba, the “rejection of unilateral lists and certifications” that affect Latin American countries and the exclusion of Cuba from the list of countries that allegedly sponsor international terrorism.

Regarding Venezuela, Celac welcomed the “agreements” reached on November 26, 2022 and the “support of the international community for the implementation of said agreements”.

The presence of the Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel and the absence of the Venezuelan and Nicaraguan presidents, Nicolás Maduro and Daniel Ortega, marked the climate of the forum between the political opposition in Argentina and the leaders of the region.

The Latin American and Caribbean States reiterated that addressing the world drug problem requires effective international cooperation, in adherence to national legislation. The urgency of developed countries to fulfill their commitment to jointly mobilize funds for climate financing was highlighted. Regional cooperation in disaster risk management and reduction was also addressed.

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