South American Leaders In Support of Bolivian President

The South American Union of Nations (UNASUR), has unanimously adopted a declaration in support of Bolivian President Evo Morales at La Mondeda presidential palace in Santiago de Chile.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said the declaration condemns and rejects any attempt at a coup or institutional breaches and further states that any authority that arises from such actions will not be recognized, reported Granma daily newspaper Tuesday.

The agreement states that talks will only be re-established after the groups occupying public buildings and blocking roads in Bolivia cease their actions.

The members of UNASUR also agreed to establish a commission to investigate the massacre that occurred in Pando and another commission —coordinated and appointed by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet who is the pro tem president of UNASUR— that will travel to Bolivia. The commissions will work to restore democratic values, calm and tranquillity in Bolivia.

Cuba-Pacific Ministerial Meeting

The first Cuba-Pacific Islands Ministerial Meeting being held in Havana is underway.

In opening the meeting Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque expressed Cuba's special interest in helping small developing islands which are threatened to be submerged by the ocean as a result of climate change

Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, thanked the Cuban authorities for the warm welcome and on behalf of the participants in the meeting expressed his deep sorrow for the lives lost and the material damage caused by the hurricanes that recently hit Cuba.

Tong noted that Cuba has contributed to the lives of many people around the world, including the Pacific Islands through the South-South cooperation program.

The ministerial meeting will give the participating countries the opportunity to discuss common challenges like climate change, strategies for dealing with natural disasters and the energy and food crises.

Fifteen Cuban doctors are currently providing services in Kiribati, as part of a collaboration program with the countries of the area. In addition, 64 persons from the South Pacific nations are studying medicine in Cuba.

A group soon to be added to with the announcement that a further 25 medical trainees will shortly depart for Cuba from the Solomon Islands in a move aimed at addressing the acute doctor shortages in Solomon. Currently, Solomon Islands has 110 trained doctors but one-third of them are serving abroad.

The Cuban government has offered up to 400 scholarships to young people of that region.