Havana, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) ”Cuba has a strong and organized civil society that is at the service of the people”s interests,” said today Fermin Quiñones, president of the United Nations Cuban Association (ACNU).
Quiñones told the media that Cuban civil society is made up of more than 2,000 organizations and associations involved in practically all fields of political, social, economic, cultural and religious life in the country.
‘It is a representative, diverse and broad sector that includes mass, student, scientific, farmers and fraternal organizations,’ said Quiñones in a meeting with journalists about the participation of Cuban civil society in the 8th Summit of the Americas, set for April 13th and 14th in Lima, Peru.
According to Quiñones, president of ACNU, a non-governmental organization founded in 1947, the priority of all these people is the defense of Cuban sovereignty and self-determination, as well as the rejection of foreign interference in the internal affairs of the country.
Quiñones gave details on a forum that will be held tomorrow in this capital city, seeking to establish the guidelines for the delegation that will represent Cuban civil society in the 8th Summit of the Americas, in the second experience of this kind following the participation of the Cuban civil society in the previous summit held in Panama in 2015.
The 2nd Forum of the Cuban Civil Society Thinking Americas will provide a platform to denounce Venezuela’s exclusion from the 7th Summit and the political and media campaigns staged against democratically elected governments, which are targeted by attacks to isolate them.
‘It will also be a platform to display concrete results of our participation in key issues for the country, such as social justice, development and cooperation with other peoples,’ said Quiñones.
Quiñones told the Prensa Latina news agency that the forum will issue a final declaration with the agreements reached during the event.
‘We believe that Cuban civil society has much to display tomorrow and in the events related to the 8th Summit of the Americas, because it has high rates of participation, including in the fight against corruption, one of the main issues to be tackled in the April summit in Lima,’ he said.