Cuban President Calls for Unity in Latin America

Havana, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Friday called to consolidate the unity advocated by the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas-People”s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) in response to threats to peace in the region.

At the opening of the 16th ALBA-TCP Summit, the president urged to close ranks in the defense of Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Political subversion, economic aggression and its social effects, and the constant threats to use force are constant threats to peace and security in the region,’ he said.

In this regard, he pointed out that the adherence to the principles of the proclamation of Latin America as a zone of peace is essential to preserve stability in the region.

He proposed to build a left and progressive front, and social movements to counter the dangers looming over Latin America and the Caribbean.

Diaz-Canel also suggested defending the ethics and honesty of public administrations and rejecting political judicialization when the popular will is often ignored, as happened in Brazil, where judges linked to the right insist on condemning progressive leaders, he pointed out.

The Cuban president also described the ALBA-TCP as an unbreakable bastion against the threats of hegemonic interests, and considered it a necessary genuine Latin American and Caribbean mechanism.

He stated that the integrationist bloc has demonstrated on more than one occasion that it is an effective mechanism of unity, defense of the most just causes, integration, cooperation and solidarity.

At the same time, he urged to continue engaging in building, strengthening and defending unity, which he considered the most precious good, the debt to heroes and the commitment to future generations.

He recalled in that sense the legacy of the Cuban and Venezuelan historic leaders Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, as well as the heroes Jose Marti and Simon Bolivar, in the defense of the power of unity to defend the nations.

After the Summit’s opening, the debate began with an agenda approved by the majority of participants.

The Bolivarian Alliance, with a membership of 10 countries, arose as an alternative to the Free Trade Area of the Americas, a US neoliberal proposal that sought to undermine the Latin American and Caribbean nations’ sovereignty.

The integration mechanism, which celebrates its 14th anniversary on Friday, keeps solidarity, complementarity, justice and cooperation as key principles of its action and relations among member States.

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