By Ulises Canales, Special Envoy
Saint Mary, Antigua and Barbuda, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Raúl Castro today called for unity in diversity, integration and genuine cooperation among Caribbean states to face common challenges and problems of the region and the world.
In a speech on the opening day of the 6th summit of his country and the Caribbean Community (Caricom), the head of state also warned of the dangers that loom and increase over the human species.
‘How can we face the challenge of moving towards development in the midst of the deep economic, social, political and environmental crisis that this hemisphere and the world is suffering?’, Raúl Castro asked the Prime Ministers of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, and Granada, Keith Mitchell.
‘The dangers for the survival of the human species increase. The consequences of the application of concepts not universally accepted as ‘humanitarian intervention’ and ‘responsibility to protect’, are used to cover interventionist and aggressive actions that threaten international peace and security’, he said.
Such situations, the Cuban president said, ‘call us to defend international law and the full validity of the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.’
Raúl Castro considered that the Caribbean countries should be articulated to demand a fair action by the industrialized powers in order to mitigate and adapt the effects of climate change, ‘particularly with financial resources and technology transfer,’ he added.
Likewise, he said, ‘we should agree on approaches to the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and, especially, to collectively face the mechanisms of domination imposed on us by the unjust international financial system.’
In his address to the other leaders of the 14 nations of the regional body, the Cuban president expressed the will of Havana to promote and promote ties with its neighbors in various areas.
‘I reiterate Cuba’s invariable position of supporting, in all circumstances, the right of small island states and developing nations to receive special and differential treatment in access to trade and investment.’
‘We will continue to receive Caribbean students in our universities. The 5,640 young people of the Caribbean who have been trained and the 695 who are currently studying in them’, he emphasized.
Likewise, the Cuban leader considered that the thousand 762 Cuban collaborators present in all the countries of Caricom, of whom 1,469 in the health sector, ‘are part of Cuba’s contribution to the development of the Caribbean peoples.’
We intend to advance in the development of trade and investments. Between 2014 and 2016, commercial exchange grew by 70 percent. This year marches at a good pace, assessed.
He added that the ‘broad and diverse’ participation of Caribbean companies and agencies in the recent International Fair of Havana augurs greater growth in that regard.
‘We welcome the implementation in January 2018 of the Second Protocol to the bilateral Trade and Cooperation Agreement, a document that expands tariff preferences granted by Cuba and facilitates access to our markets,’ said President Raul Castro.