Unasur Against the Blockade

Former Colombian president Ernesto Samper met on Friday with the President of the National Assembly of People´s Power of Cuba, Esteban Lazo

By: Juventud Rebelde

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2016-01-25 | 18:28:16 EST
Former Colombian president Ernesto Samper met on Friday with the President of the National Assembly of People´s Power of Cuba, Esteban LazoFormer Colombian president Ernesto Samper met on Friday with the President of the National Assembly of People´s Power of Cuba, Esteban Lazo Photo: Tony Hernández MenaZoom
The Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), Ernesto Samper reiterated his hope that the restoration of relations between Cuba and the United States will see an end of the blockade against the Caribbean nation, reported PL.

During his meeting with the President of the National Assembly of People's Power, Esteban Lazo, this Friday, Samper indicated the interest and joy in his organization in the resumption of bilateral ties between the two countries.

He also stressed the need to eliminate the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, and the US naval base in Guantanamo against the will of the Government and people of the country. "The cause of the defence of the Caribbean nation is not only a matter for the Cubans, but all of South America, and the solidarity that has appeared in recent decades," he concluded.

He said restoring ties with Washington should lead equally to a new relationship of South America with the northern country, as the West Indian state is doing.

Samper met with Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, reports the official site CubaMinrex.

During the meeting they discussed the strengthening of ties between Cuba and UNASUR, the regional situation, the integration process and the holding of the next Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to be held soon in Ecuador.

Accompanying the visitor were Mauricio Dorfler, director of Political Affairs and Defence; Ana Maria Serrano, head of Communications, and the assistant Romina Marconi, all officials of the General Secretariat of UNASUR.

Samper visited Havana to take part in the Second International Conference With all and for the good of all, focused on the ideas of Marti headquartered in the Conference Centre, from January 25 to 28. More than 600 intellectuals, researchers and academics from 45 countries from all continents will participate in the event.

The Secretary General of UNASUR announced that his speech will be devoted to the links between the thinking of José Martí and Simón Bolívar, both with full force in the current integration processes in the region.

Translated by ESTI

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