Havana, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, today called the attendees of the XVII Summit of ALBA-TCP to talk to continue advancing in the proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace , adopted in 2014.
When inaugurating in Havana the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Treaty of Commerce of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP) summit meeting, Díaz-Canel called to defend peace, independence and cooperation in the context of the regional mechanism.
He stressed that it is necessary to discuss and assess together to take advantage of the capacity and strength of the ALBA-TCP, founded on December 14, 2004 by the leaders of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and the Bolivarian, Hugo Chávez.
The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, also attends the meeting; Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves; and other high political representatives, who will also celebrate the 15th anniversary of the forum.
The meeting will discuss the role of ALBA-TCP in the current regional situation marked by the coup d’etat in Bolivia against President Evo Morales, popular anti-neoliberal mobilizations in Chile and Colombia, and the increase in US hostility against Cuba.
Solidarity, complementation, justice and cooperation are the principles defended by ALBA-TCP, emerged as an alternative to the hegemony of capital that threatened to expand throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
The instance promotes since its creation an equitable trade between peoples, in opposition to neoliberal formulas.
The implementation of the Cuban method Yes, I can allowed that three countries were declared Territories Free of Illiteracy: Venezuela (2005), Bolivia (2008) and Nicaragua (2009), according to official data.
For its part, the Miracle Mission returned the sight for free to more than six million people and offered more than 27 million ophthalmological consultations.
The Alliance declares to defend Human Rights and Mother Earth, manifests itself against interventionism and in favor of the preservation and restoration of peace, and support for the self-determination of peoples.
Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and Saint Lucia make up the ALBA-TCP, whose executive secretary is Bolivian ex-chancellor David Choquehuanca.