With the return of Lula, Latin America tries to show a united face in the face of threats
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The VII Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) ended on Tuesday, January 24, in Buenos Aires. Pour le grand retour de Lula sur la scène régionale et du Brésil dans l’organisation qui regroupe les 33 pays d’Amérique latine et des Caraïbes, les quatorze chefs d’États et de gouvernement présents ont appelé à défendre la démocratie et les droits de the man.
Opening the summit, Argentine President Alberto Fernández began by asking for applause to celebrate the return of Brazil to Celacwith Lula as the protagonist of the meeting of that group that he had left under Jair Bolsonaro.
After then requesting the lifting of US sanctions against Cuba and Venezuela, the Argentine president called to defend democracy and human rights on the continent, reports our correspondent in Buenos Aires, theo conscience. ” We believe in democracy and democracy is indisputably in danger, stressed the Argentine president. We saw it recently, when madness invaded the streets of Brasilia a few days after President Lula’s inauguration. We must not allow this. We must work together and be categorical in our defense of democracy and institutions. »
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Endorsing this call, the Uruguayan president, Luis Lacalle Pou, denounced a variable indignation on these issues, pointing the finger without naming them precisely at Cuba and Venezuela. ” Clearly, there are countries here, and this has already been said, that respect neither democracy nor human rights! We do not have a hemiplegic vision according to the ideological profile he scolded.
Dissonances but a unity shown
Presented by the Argentine opposition as a meeting between President Alberto Fernández and his supposed dictator friends, venezuelan nicolas madurothe Nicaraguan Daniel Ortega and the Cuban Miguel Díaz Canel -the only one present- and despite the differences, the seventh CELAC summit was finally a success, analyzes our correspondent in Argentina, jean louis buchet.
For the first time, all the member countries were represented, thirteen of them by their Head of State or Government. Then, because the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, who succeeds Fernández as president of Celac, is the first English-speaking Caribbean leader to assume this role.
And despite the disagreements, the heads of state and representatives of the 33 member countries signed the final declaration and took the traditional family photo to show the face of a united Latin America.
An EU-Celac summit in July
The Celac Heads of State and Government will meet with their European counterparts at a summit on July 17 and 18 in Brussels, it was announced. It will be the first since 2018.
According to a statement, the summit further strengthen the bi-regional association of the EU and CELAC countries in common priorities such as digital and green transitions, the fight against climate change and the loss of biodiversity, health, food security, migration, security and governance or the fight against transnational crime “.