Havana, Cuba, Jan 29 (acn) – Army General Raul Castro, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, reiterated in Costa Rica the solidarity of Cuba with the governments of Venezuela, Argentina and Ecuador, and highlighted the progress of the dialogue on the peace process in Colombia.
Solidarity in Our America will be crucial to advance in common interests, pointed out the head of state while addressing participants in the 3rd Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), inaugurated on Wednesday in the locality of Belen, near the capital, the Prensa Latina Web site reports.
The head of state condemned the unacceptable and unjustifiable unilateral sanctions imposed on Venezuela and the continuation of external intervention aimed at creating an atmosphere of instability in that South American country.
He also stressed Cuba’s support for Argentina’s claim for sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and the surrounding maritime areas.
Likewise, he expressed Cuba’s support for Ecuador in its claim for compensation for the environmental damage caused by the Chevron transnational company, and reiterated that the Latin American and Caribbean community is incomplete as long as Puerto Rico is missing.
Raul Castro highlighted the significant agreements reached by the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces-People’s Army in the negotiating table set up in the Cuban capital.
Progress had never been made this far in the direction of achieving peace in Colombia. Cuba, in its capacity as guarantor and venue of the talks will continue to provide the necessary facilities and contribute as much as possible to the end of the conflict and to lasting peace, he added.
With respect to the Caribbean, the Cuban President insisted on the claim of countries in the area for redress for the damages caused by slavery and colonialism, and denounced the decision to deprive them of essential funding with technocratic criteria aimed at considering them as states of average income.
Raul Castro also recalled the African roots of the Caribbean peoples whose countries do not need advice or interference, but fair treatment and the transfer of financial resources and technology.
He also expressed Cuba’s concern with respect to the huge and growing military spending imposed on the world by the U.S. and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and the efforts of this group to increase its presence on the borders of Russia, as well as its condemnation of unilateral sanctions unfair to Moscow.
For Cuba, the principles of sovereign equality of the states and self-determination of the peoples are inalienable, he stated, and criticized the double standards, excesses and omissions of the United Nations Security Council.
In that regard, he called the UN General Assembly to use its powers to preserve international peace and security; demanded the cessation of veto in the Security Council aimed at guaranteeing impunity for the crimes of Israel; and demanded full membership for Palestine in the world organization.
Cuba’s voice will tirelessly defend just causes and the interests of countries of the South and will be loyal to their goals and positions, knowing that Homeland is Humanity. Cuban foreign policy will continue to be faithful to its principles, he stressed.