EU-CELAC Final Statement to Back Venezuela, Cuba

The two-day summit is scheduled to end this Thursday after a private meeting between 61 EU-CELAC leaders.
The second EU-CELAC Summit taking place in the Belgium capital is scheduled to end this Thursday with the signing of a final Brussels Declaration and a Political Document, which will include a special mention in solidarity with Venezuela and rejecting the unilateral measures taken by the United States against the South American nation. The document will also recognize the declaration of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) as a Peace Zone. It will also approve the resolution that was introduced to the United Nations against the U.S. blockade on Cuba imposed over 50 years ago.
According to this Thursday’s agenda, the 33 CELAC and 28 EU leaders will hold a private meeting to discuss various subjects of global concern.
Following the midday closing ceremony, a press conference will be held by the CELAC pro tempore president, Ecuadorean leader Rafael Correa, and the European Council head, Donald Tusk. The European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker will also participate in the news conference.
On Wednesday, Tusk announced the creation of a fund to back the measures to be implemented in Colombia after a peace agreement is reached in Havana, Cuba, where the negotiations to end the more than 50-year-old civil war are taking place between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government.
Tusk also praised the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations and their process of negotiations aimed at reopening embassies in each others’ capitals.
President Correa rejected Washington’s aggression against Cuba and highlighted the island nation’s victory of dignity and sovereignty.
He also demanded the end to the U.S. blockade on the Caribbean country and the return of Guantanamo Bay to Cuba, a territory that has been illegally occupied by the United States for over five decades.
Correa condemned the unilateral U.S. measures against Venezuela and rejected the idea that Venezuela represents a threat to the government of President Barack Obama.

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