Members of Puebla Group call for cancellation of Latin American debt

 Members of Puebla Group call for cancellation of Latin American debt

Buenos Aires, April 10 (Prensa Latina) The progressive leaders who make up the Puebla Group asked this Friday in a virtual meeting of that alliance to cancel the foreign debt of Latin America in the midst of the economic havoc caused by the Covid-19.

At the third meeting, which began Friday morning via videoconference, some 40 leaders, including Argentine President Alberto Fernandez and more than 10 former presidents, called for rethinking strategies and alternatives for cooperation, unity and solidarity to fight the pandemic affecting the world.

The urgent need to cancel the foreign debt of countries in the region and work together because, as Fernandez said, ‘nobody is saved from this alone,’ marked the first working session, opened by the Argentine president.

‘Only the State is in a position to deal with the epidemic. The debt of Latin American countries must be cancelled, in order to build conditions so that the states have reserves to buy health supplies,’ said ex Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff during her speech.

For his part, ex Dominican Governor Leonel Fernandez considered that there has been ‘a calm reaction that has shown the weakness of the system. Once this happens we will have the need for a new world geopolitical order,’ he said.

Meanwhile, ex-Bolivian President Evo Morales said that at this time ‘it is important that international organizations forgive the debts. Life cannot be a commodity, health cannot be a business. The economy is important, but first we must save life.

In turn, ex-president Rafael Correa said that in his nation’s case, the appropriate measures have not been taken and today the health system has collapsed. We went from a crisis to a catastrophe. The measures were taken late, I don’t see a horizon where the epidemiological curve will be reversed,’ he stressed.

During the day of discussions, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Barcena, also spoke. She said that at this time ‘economic solidarity is required’ to overcome this crisis with a region (Latin America) that is fragmented without proper integration.

Meanwhile, another of the promoters of this alliance founded in July 2019, the Chilean leader Marco Enriquez-Ominami, expressed the solidarity of this group with the former president Rafael Correa, victim of political and judicial persecution, who a few days ago was sentenced in his country to eight years in prison and disqualified from holding office for 25 years.

At the end of the video conference, a press conference will be held on the Internet to give the conclusions of the meeting, which was originally scheduled for March in the city of Santa Marta, Colombia, and because of the pandemic this alternative was sought.

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