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ALBA-TCP Summit rejects exclusion and discrimination

The final declaration rejected the exclusion of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua from the Summit of the Americas

A forceful rejection of the exclusion of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua from the next Summit of the Americas, organized by the United States, was expressed today by the member countries of ALBA-TCP.

The XXI Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People's Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), held in Havana, condemned in its final declaration the discriminatory treatment towards those nations.

The text "ALBA-TCP repudiates the exclusions and discriminatory treatment in the so-called Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles" was read by the executive secretary of the integration entity, Sacha Llorenti.

"We repudiate the hostile policy of the United States and its claims of exclusion from the so-called Summit, which constitutes a serious historical setback that offends the Latin American and Caribbean peoples," said Llorenti.

"We reject the discriminatory treatment of the United States as the host country of the so-called Summit of the Americas against numerous representatives of the genuine civil society of the continent."

In the 12 points of the declaration, the commitment to strengthen ALBA-TCP as an instrument of union of peoples, based on the principles of solidarity, social justice, cooperation and economic complementarity, is ratified; with the integration led by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace.

Supports the claims of the countries of Our America to materialize a change in hemispheric relations, based on the Charter of the United Nations and International Law, including the principles of sovereign equality, non-interference in internal affairs, or the use of force, and for the peaceful settlement of disputes and self-determination of peoples.

It reaffirms its support for multilateralism as a means to face complex global challenges through collective action, and denounces the claims of imperialist domination over the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean, to keep the region divided according to its hegemonic interests.

They also reject the arbitrary, ideological and politically motivated exclusion of several countries from the so-called Summit of the Americas, which will take place in June in Los Angeles, United States.

In this regard, he describes this unilateral decision as a serious historical setback in hemispheric relations that offends the Latin American and Caribbean peoples.

The declaration supports the right of all countries to participate in said event under equal conditions, and emphasizes that the host of the meeting in Los Angeles has no right to impose exclusions or conditions that violate its sovereignty and independence.

No to discrimination

The document also denounces the discriminatory treatment of the United States against representatives of civil society on the continent and emphasizes that these types of exclusive meetings do not contribute to the solution of any of the urgent challenges of integration or regional and global threats.

It also highlights the courageous position of governments, social actors, organizations and peoples who have rejected, in various ways, the exclusions from the Los Angeles meeting.

No to unilateral coercive measures

The declaration rejects the imposition of unilateral coercive measures against Venezuela and Nicaragua, and the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, in violation of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and International Law.

Support for multilateralism

The declaration highlights that the participants in the XXI ALBA-TCP Summit reaffirm their support for multilateralism, as the main instrument to face the complex global challenges in a collective action.

It reaffirms its support for multilateralism as a means to face complex global challenges through collective action, and denounces the claims of imperialist domination over the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean to keep the region divided according to its hegemonic interests.

He highlighted that the Heads of State and Government, heads of delegation of the ALBA-TCP countries ratify their commitment to strengthening the alliance as an instrument of union of our peoples.

Finally, it vindicates the national dignity of the peoples, based on the ideology of the heroes of Latin America and the Caribbean, and supports genuine efforts to promote respectful dialogue and peaceful coexistence among all the countries of the Americas, without exception, to find solutions. to the great hemispheric problems.

They will not attend the Summit of the Americas

Presidents of the countries that make up the Alba – TCP, during the summit held in Havana, agreed that the United States does not have the authority to exclude nations from participating in the Summit of the Americas.

The Cuban head of state, Miguel Díaz-Canel, indicated that he has no moral or political authority to exclude any country from the meeting that will take place in June in the city of Los Angeles. “All countries must be invited on equal terms. It is disrespectful and harmful to the sovereignty of nations to try to decide, from the privileged condition of the host, who represents them.”

He questioned whether the nation that presents itself as the guardian and caretaker of democracy and deliberately confuses it with its political model defends exclusion and not a plural space.

Likewise, the head of the San Vicente government, Ralph Gonsalves, criticized the conduct of the White House in organizing the event. "Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will not be represented by its prime minister at the upcoming Summit, no country in the hemisphere should be excluded, the host does not have the right to apply selective criteria."

The president of Bolivia, Luis Arce, urges the US to abandon its policy of sanctions and repeal pressure against excluded peoples. He confirmed that he will not attend the Summit until all countries are invited on equal terms.

While the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, assured that the attempts to disunite the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean will fail, in relation to the upcoming American summit.

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