Havana, Jan 27 – Everything is ready here today for the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, the last step prior to the 2nd CELAC Summit, to be held on Jan. 28-29.
Specialists from the 33 member countries, which do not include the United States and Canada, worked until late yesterday to prepare the stage for the regional foreign ministers to take over today.
Part of the documents to be approved at this summit already have the necessary consensus, to be endorsed today at the ministers’ level.
The Declaration of Havana is extremely complete, principled, and useful for strengthening CELAC, Cuban national coordinator Abelardo Moreno told the press.
The treatment of Puerto Rico as a Latin American and Caribbean nation, the rejection of the U.S. blockade on Cuba, and the case of the inclusion of the island in the list of nations Washington unilaterally says are sponsors of terrorism, are among the issues treated in the political declaration of the summit, he said.
According to Moreno, Deputy Foreign Minister, negotiations have been friendly, with collaboration from everyone. Differences are of political nuance, he noted.
Meanwhile, an important group of presidents, among them those of Argentina, Guyana, Haiti, Brazil, Bolivia, and the prime minister of Jamaica, are already in Havana.
A meeting between Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez and the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, took place yesterday.
Cuba’s President Raul Castro and Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff are expected today to open the first portion of the container terminal at the port of Mariel, about 45 kilometers west of Havana.
This is a special development zone Cuba is implementing in accordance to the updating of its economic model, encouraging foreign investment in this deepwater port.
Source: Prensa Latina