New Carib/LatAm Group Will Plan Assistance to Haiti — US/Canada Need Not Apply

Posted on February 12, 2010

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Caribbean and Latin-American Nations to create an entity without the US

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 12 (acn) The Summit of the Caribbean and Latin-American Unity will be held
on Feb 22-23; in Cancun, Mexico, where the American nations will lay the foundations to create
an organization that integrates all of the region’s 33 countries but Canada and the United
States.
   “This is an important decision for Latin-America and the Caribbean, since the future
regional entity will allow the countries of the area to make agreements without the U.S or
Canada’s interference, as it happens in the Organization of American States (OAS) meetings”,
said Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, specialist of Multilateral affairs of the Cuban Foreign
Ministry.
   The Cancun meeting will integrate the Rio Group, and the Caribbean and Latin-America Summit
on development and integration (CALC by its Spanish acronym), explained the diplomat during a
conference held at the Cuban Association of United Nations venue.
   The event will also serve to plan assistance actions to Haiti, devastated by an earthquake
this last Jan 12, and to reaffirm the claim to the USA to end the economic, financial and
commercial blockade to Cuba.
   Fernandez de Cossio's lecture dwelt on the challenges posed on the Cuban diplomacy, among
which he mentioned to the need to boost to multilateralism and the adoption of international
measures to face the climatic change, the struggle against the U.S economical blockade to Cuba
and the war on every kind of terrorism.

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