Declaration consolidates integration of Latin America and the Caribbean

The President of Mexico Felipe Calderon announced the approval of the Declaration of Cancun this Tuesday, during the second day of the Summit of Unity of Latin America and the Caribbean taking place in Cancun, Mexico. This Declaration consolidates the integration in the region.

“There is a consensus over the declaration. The discussion has been very intense, we have requested some consultations and we expect that in the following summits -next year in Venezuela and the next one in Chile- we can visualize the definite name of the integration organ,” Calderon said.

Calderon emphasised the importance of continuing with the move forward toward regional integration “to boost our sustained growth.”

The statements were made by the Mexican Head of State this Tuesday during the second day of the Summit of Unity of Latin America and the Caribbean.

In the first day of this Summit, the President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, stressed the need of restoring the confidence, transparency and respect in the relations among the countries of the region, so that reigns dialog reigns and to overcome the differences existing between some nations.

Cuban President Raul Castro described the creation of the regional mechanism as a historical event.

The Community establishes as its principles the respect to democracy,
natural resources, sustainability and sovereignty of all countries, among others.

The President of Brazil, Lula da Silva, stated that “It is important to remember that this Summit does not represent a minor historic deed. I would rather say that it is a historic event of large dimensions. As we conquer our personality as a region, we affirm our personality of a region that has decided to create a Community of Latin American and Caribbean countries (...) We are discovering ourselves as a region, from the smallest island to the largest country,” Lula emphasized.

The Summit in Cancun main objective consists on consolidating the unity in the region with the creation of a new organ different from the Organization of American States (OAS).

The weakening of institutions as the OAS in the face of new regional initiatives such as the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (Alba) and the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) has motivated Latin American and Caribbean countries to propose the creation of a new organization, gathering all the countries of the region without the hegemonic presence of the United States.

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