The leaders of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) called for an end to the economic blockade against Cuba and welcomed the resumption of dialogue between the government and the Venezuelan opposition during their seventh summit yesterday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In its Buenos Aires Declaration, the Community reiterated the “call of the United Nations General Assembly to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba”, recalling that “in addition to being contrary to international law , it causes serious harm to the welfare of the Cuban people”.
Likewise, the community called for the “exclusion of Cuba from the unilateral list of countries allegedly promoting international terrorism.”
The community welcomed the “understandings reached on November 26, 2022, in the framework of the dialogue and negotiation process between the Government of Venezuela and the Single Platform of Venezuela, promoted by the Governments of Mexico and Norway”.
In this sense, the community welcomed “the support of the international community for the implementation of these agreements”.
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The community also reiterated “the strongest regional support for the legitimate rights of the Argentine Republic in the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and surrounding marine areas”.
In addition, the community expressed the “permanent interest of the countries of the region in the resumption of negotiations between the Argentine Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in order to find a final and peaceful solution to this dispute as soon as possible, in agreement with the provisions of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 31/49”.
The community reiterated its “commitment to progress towards regional political, economic, social and cultural unity and integration and the decision to continue working together to pursue sustainable development to address the health, social, economic and environmental crisis caused by COVID-19 address pandemic, climate change, the growing risk of natural disasters and the degradation of the planet’s biodiversity, among other factors”.
In this sense, the community recalled “the urgency for developed countries to fulfill their commitment to collectively mobilize $100,000 million per year for climate finance from 2020 to 2025”.
The community also referred to the “COP26 commitment to at least double adaptation funding, also taking into account the importance of mitigation, as well as securing resources for the Loss and Damage Fund agreed at COP27 and strengthening regional coordination within the framework of the United United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Paris Agreement”.
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