Cuban president expresses support for CARICOM

Cuban President Raul Castro addressing the CARICOM-Cuba Summit in Antigua on Friday. Cubaminrex Photo



ST JOHN’S, Antigua (ACN) — Cuban President Raul Castro on Friday confirmed the support of his country to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in its development efforts. He also urged prevention of the destruction of the constitutional order in Venezuela.

“We support the demand to receive cooperation in accordance with their real situation and needs, and not on the basis of per capita income statistics that classify them as middle-income countries and exclude them from the flows of financial resources essential for their development,” Castro said.

According to a report from Prensa Latina, Castro said that Havana unites its voice against the persecution by transnational financial capital centers that seek to damage the international reputation of Caribbean countries.


The Cuban leader rejected those practices that “hinder their economic development through inclusion in spurious and unilateral lists, and the singularization in dangerous supranational endeavours supposedly for the confrontation of corruption”.

“We strongly support the fair demand of the Caribbean Community for compensation by the colonial powers for the horrors of slavery and the slave trade,” he continued, addressing the leaders of 14 states at the CARICOM regional summit meeting on Friday.

“The heads of state and government,” Castro said, “also have an urgent duty to our peoples to advance with increasingly solid steps toward the political, economic and social integration of Latin America and the Caribbean.”

The Cuban president applauded the efforts of CARICOM and the participation of all its members and Cuba in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), as well as the membership of some in the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA).

He argued that these organisations have contributed to the advancement of regional integration, “which we must continue to promote”, noting that participation in PetroCaribe has represented “a guarantee and significant contribution to the development of our countries”.

Castro highlighted the signing of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace during the CELAC summit of January 2014 in Cuba, as a basis for the development of respectful relations between the states.

Therefore, Venezuela, one of the Latin American and Caribbean nations, should not be allowed to “suffer continuous actions that persecute the destruction of its constitutional order,” he warned.

He added that Cubans “deeply thank our Caribbean brothers for their consistent position of respect and solidarity towards our homeland.”

“We will never forget the permanent support for resolutions against the embargo against Cuba, as well as numerous expressions of solidarity,” he said.

The Cuban president indicated that this support is even more relevant in the face of the setbacks caused by the actions of the new US government against his country and affirmed that the US embargo constitutes the greatest obstacle to the economic and social development of Cuba and its relations with Cuba.




by Caribbean News Now (USA)

December 08, 2017

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