CARICOM divided on attendance at Summit of the Americas next month

CARICOM divided on attendance at Summit of the Americas next month

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, May 13, 2022 - CARICOM member states are yet to come to a concensus as to whether they will be attending the Summit of the Americas meeting in June. A meeting by teleconference yesterday failed to arrive at a decision.

Trinidad and Tobago's prime minister Dr. Keith Rowley told a press conference that every effort is being made to come to a concensus on the matter.

Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador threatened to boycott next month's Summit of Americas, saying Tuesday that his participation will not be confirmed unless host country United States invites Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Participation in the Los Angeles Summit has not yet been resolved because we are proposing that no one is excluded because we seek the unity of all America," López Obrador said during his daily briefing in Mexico City.

In the meantime, The president of Honduras, Xiomara Castro has also rejected the exclusion of countries such as Nicaragua, Cuba, and Venezuela from the Summit of the Americas to be held in Los Angeles, United States, between June 6 and 10.

"If all the nations are not present, it is not the Summit of the Americas", highlighted the Honduran president and added a phrase of the national politician and journalist José Cecilio del Valle that says: "The most worthy study of an American is America".

The Puebla Group and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Nations (CELAC) have condemned the US decision to exclude Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela from the Ninth Summit of the Americas. Work criticized by organizations and states.

In a statement, the interim presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, occupied by Argentina, called on the organizers of the meeting to be held next June “to avoid exceptions that prevent all the voices of the hemisphere from dialogue and being heard.”

The text states that “the summit represents a great opportunity to build a meeting space in which all countries participate in an open and inclusive manner, within the framework of the unified objective of coordinating joint actions.”

the Puebla group called on the administration of Joe Biden to organize an event without discrimination for ideological reasons, which would influence the possibilities of cooperation necessary to overcome the upcoming crises.

“Among the central issues of the meeting are post-epidemic management and climate change, so it does not make sense to exclude those countries that, like all countries, have suffered from the social costs of the predatory impact of SARS and MERS. Two. “refers to the text of that organization.

In addition, it highlights that all Latin American countries require cooperation and exchange in order to bear the social bill and pay attention to economic revitalization in the current situation. Some, such as Cuba, can contribute a lot to the prevention and elimination of the virus and its possible new variants.

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