Cuba Denounces Exclusion in Lima: Our America is Mutilated without Venezuela

Lima, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s representative in the Hemispheric Dialogue taking place here today, Juan Antonio Fernández, deeply regretted the exclusion of Venezuela from the 8th Summit of the Americas, an unfair decision – he denounced- that mutilates the continent.

“Cuba deeply regrets and wishes the appropriated records are kept of its discomfort for the exclusion of the sister Republic of Venezuela,” stated the ambassador, speaking as a representative of the government after the first block of presentations by coalition spokesmen.

“Our America is mutilated without the presence of one of the countries of the continent that has most contributed to the ideal of freedom and integration of Latin America and the Caribbean,” Fernandez added before delegates from the coalitions and the American states.

He pointed out that this hemispheric dialogue and Lima’s summit itself  “should be meeting points for all the countries of the hemisphere and space where everyone, without unfair exclusions, can express our ideas, reach consensus, and feel and debate respecting our rich diversity.”

The government of Peru withdrew last month the invitation to the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, in response to pressure from a group of nations gathered in this capital, a measure considered counterproductive to the spirit of Latin American integration.

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