Foreign Ministers of CELAC in Session Today in Quito

Documents defined of the 4th Presidential Summit to be held in Ecuador on Wednesday

By: Juventud Rebelde


2016-01-26 | 14:43:23 EST
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QUITO, Jan. 25. The national coordinators of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) on Monday continued preparing the documents to be adopted at the Fourth Summit of the Heads of State of the block to be held on January 27, and previously they will be put to the consideration of the foreign ministers of the 33 countries of the regional bloc.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador said that the meetings of representatives began yesterday and continued Monday behind closed doors, at the Palace of Najas, the Foreign Ministry, Xinhua reported. The ninth meeting of foreign ministers will meet at the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), the same location where the Summit will take place in the so-called Middle of the World City, about 15 kilometers north of Quito.

According to the official agenda released by the Foreign Ministry, the ministers will discuss the draft agenda of the Summit of Heads of State and negotiate the documents to be approved by the leaders.

The Quartet of Foreign Ministers of CELAC (Ecuador, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Bahamas) will meet previously to discuss the agenda and the documents to be adopted at the Summit like the Political Declaration and the Plan of Action of 2016 and Special statements.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño will report on the administration by Ecuador during the pro tempore presidency of the group in 2015. The Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa will deliver the charge to his counterpart in the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, who will lead the bloc in 2016.

Patino, on Monday, told the local TV station Gama TV, that the Summit will address the peace process in Colombia and the electoral situation in Haiti. The Head of the Ecuadorian diplomacy revealed that the Colombian government requested that the progress of the negotiations initiated in 2012 with the guerrillas is advanced during the regional meeting, he said PL.

We argue that this is how the peace process can go forward and how CELAC can contribute as observers in the process of surrender of weapons expected to be achieved this year, he said.

Patino said the Haitian government is also interested in that at the meeting of the heads of the 33 member countries of the integration block the situation in the Caribbean nation after the suspension of the second round of elections scheduled for Sunday 24 January is discussed, and issues a statement of support for democracy in that country.

Asked about the current impasse that marks relations between Venezuela and Argentina, Patino said the issue could be discussed in the private meeting that all the leaders and their foreign ministers will hold. Surely that will be discussed in the break in the morning, said Patino.

After ruling that the current differences between Buenos Aires and Caracas will endanger regional integration, the Ecuadorian official reiterated that CELAC is more concerned with issues of general interest such as the fight against extreme poverty and inequality, and the current international economic situation.
A review the issues of most concern to the region will be made, said Patino.

Translated by ESTI

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