Preparations continue in Dominican Republic prior to CELAC 5th Summit

2017-01-24 09:05:53 / web@radiorebelde.icrt.cu

Preparations continue in Dominican Republic prior to CELAC 5th Summit

National coordinators of the countries of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC by its Spanish acronym) continue the analysis of the documents that will be presented to the leaders during the 5th Summit of the bloc.

The representatives, gathered at a convention center in Bávaro, a tourist resort located in the eastern Dominican Republic, began discussions on a political declaration, several special declarations and a plan of action, Prensa Latina reported.

According to the organizers, the topics to be discussed at the Summit include the need to put an end to the US economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, a siege rejected by the 33 nations of CELAC in previous meetings.

There will also be addressed the matters of food security, migration and development, the world drug problem and the advancement of women, the source said.

Other points to discuss are related to regional integration, economic, social and cultural policy, sustainable development and technical cooperation, the Dominican Foreign Affairs Ministry noted in a statement.

According to that same Ministry, everything is ready for the Fifth Summit of CELAC, to be held on January 24 and 25.

After the meeting of coordinators, which will finish today, next Tuesday it will be held the meeting of foreign ministers prior to the main event, in which the Dominican Republic will transfer to El Salvador the pro tempore presidency of the body.

Some 300 national and international journalists were accredited, said the Foreign Ministry, to cover the meetings, which will be attended by representatives of all nations of the American continent, except the United States and Canada.

The CELAC, created in 2010 in Mexico, but definitely established in 2011 in Caracas, Venezuela, had its first presidential meeting in Chile in 2013, the second in Cuba (2014), the third in Costa Rica (2015) and the fourth in Ecuador (2016).

According to Juventud Rebelde newspaper, Chancellor Miguel Vargas stated that some 16 presidents had confirmed their presence in the Summit, as well as four vice presidents and some thirty foreign ministers.


(ACN)



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