Cuba to Host 7th Association of Caribbean States Summit

Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, said it is an honor to take on this responsibility amid the revitalization of the ASC and assured Cuba is committed to work arduously to boost that process

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2016-01-20 | 18:01:05 EST
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan 19.- Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla summoned the Caribbean State members to the upcoming ACS Summit in Havana, while appreciating the confidence put on his country to chair that organization.

Rodríguez said it is an honor to take on this responsibility amid the revitalization of the ASC and assured Cuba is committed to work arduously to boost that process. So, he announced the decision to call for a Summit for next June, PL reported.

We expect that meeting will contribute to consolidate the renovation process initiated in the  Pétion Ville Summit 2013, with its Action Plan, and the 2014 commemoration in Mexico with the commitments arising from the Declaration of Mérida, he stressed.

In the 7th Summit, we hope to see the passing of a Declaration and Action Plan reflecting the will and consensus around our wishes for the organization in the immediate future, reaffirming its foundational principles, the Cuban Minister added in his speech in the 21st Ordinary Meeting of the ACS Council of Ministers.  

In the ACS there are 25 out of the 33 member states of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), highlighted the head of Cuban diplomacy, and recalled that in the second Summit of the latter, Latin America and the Caribbean was proclaimed as Zone of Peace, since “promoting the letter and spirit of that historic document is indispensable to advance toward our goals.”

He said that being a consultation, concertation and cooperation body (article 3 of the Agreement) gives us the capacity to discuss topics of common interest, to promote the wider cooperation, to preserve the environment and to exercise our sovereignty over natural resources, strengthening friendship and what is beneficial for us.  

Translated by ESTI

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