Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bolivia Demands Cuba's Presence in Summit of the Americas

Prensa Latina

Bolivia reiterated Tuesday that a Summit of the Americas without Cuba is not a true regional summit, after exclusion of the Caribbean island from that forum under U.S. pressure.

In statements to Prensa Latina, Deputy Foreign Minister of Bolivia Juan Carlos Alurralde reaffirmed his country's position regarding the absence of Cuba from the so-called Summit of the Americas to be held in April in Colombia.

"Cuba has to be present, must be part of the family living in this continent," said Alurralde. The countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) have been very clear in their statement, he said, and what is expected is to continue promoting Cuban attendance at the summit.

However, Alurralde said that they have not decided yet which of the two attitudes would be taken, whether to participate as an ALBA bloc, to demand the presence of Cuba from within the continental meeting, or not to attend the summit as a sign of disagreement.

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