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Issue #1445      3 March 2010

Mexican Summit for Unity

Cuban President Raul Castro participated actively in the sessions that took place on last month at the Summit for Latin American and Caribbean Unity, at the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. The Cuban president held bilateral meetings with other heads of state and attended others of consultation and exchanges on matters of vital importance on the event’s agenda.

After travelling from the airport to the Grand Velas Hotel - the Summit’s venue, located in the municipality of Solidaridad, in the state of Quintana Roo - Raul was officially welcomed by Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

President Calderon announced the creation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States at the Summit, underway in Cancun.

By acclamation, the leaders of the nations participating in the Summit approved the establishment of a regional integration bloc that will take on the heritage of the Rio Group.

In his speech after the announcement, President Castro described the creation of the regional mechanism as a historical event.

The Community establishes as its principles respect for democracy, natural resources, sustainability and sovereignty of all countries, among others. Calderon stressed that the goal of the new body will be to globally project the region based on the respect for international law, equality of states, respect for human rights and cooperation.

After a discussion, described as very intense, there has been consensus on the establishment of the mechanism, whose charter will be drafted in order to be discussed in the first instance, during the next summit to be held in July 2011 in Venezuela, said Calderon.

The decision was contained in the Declaration of the Summit of Unity, one of the central documents of the meeting that gathered 25 heads of state and government.


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